ECON 220 American Economic History (Not offered 2004-2005)*

Economic history teaches that events of the distant past continue to shape our lives today. This course will examine several important questions in American economic history from colonial times to the present. For example, what factors account for the tremendous growth and development of the United States? Do we know enough about the causes of the Great Depression to prevent another one? Did the New Deal save American capitalism or undermine it? Other topics will include the legacy of slavery in the American South, the changing economic role of women, the economic impact of immigration and trade, and the changing distribution of income and wealth over time. Course requirements include class participation, a research paper, and two exams.

Format: lecture/discussion. Prerequisites: Economics 110 and 120. Enrollment limit: 40 (expected: 20).