HIST 246 - History of American Capitalism 001


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This course provides a long-term historical perspective on the origins and development of American capitalism, combining three interrelated thematic fields in U.S. history: economic history, business history, and labor history. 


Required Course Materials: 

Here is a tentative list of books we will read in the course (subject to change):

*Johnson, Walter. Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999.

*Rockman, Seth. Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

*Jacobs, Meg. Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

*Baker, Dean. Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010.

Additional readings, typically primary source excerpts, will be posted on D2L.

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will include:

·     class participation

·     exams

·     brief source analysis papers

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