American Capitalism: A History
Perhaps no story is as essential to get right as the history of capitalism. Nearly all of our theories about promoting progress come from how we interpret the economic changes of the last 500 years. This past decade’s crises continue to remind us just how much capitalism changes, even as its basic features—wage labor, financial markets, private property, entrepreneurs—endure. While capitalism has a global history, the United States plays a special role in that story. This course will help you to understand how the United States became the world’s leading economic power, revealing essential lessons about what has been and what will be possible in capitalism’s on-going revolution.
Do I need to have taken economics before?
I am not familiar with American history, but I am interested in how capitalism works. Can I take this course?
Is this class about economic thought like Smith, Marx, Ricardo, Hayek, etc.?
Will certificates be awarded?
What will help me complete this course?
I want to read more about American Capitalism!
Containing every reading from the MOOC, as well as additional readings from leading scholars (that could not be had for free!), this course reader provides the student with more background for every topic.
Each reading is introduced and discussed by the professors. Each reading, as well, has additional questions for the student to discuss with their friends.
Are there prerequisites?
This course is designed to be accessible for people without a strong background in U.S. history. Nevertheless, we make reference to many people, locations, events, or developments that may be unfamiliar to some students. Below are sources for additional information.
Wikipedia is a very helpful source for a quick definition or description of most of the material in this course. It can help you answer most factual questions you might have.
Digital History is a website that can serve as an online text book if you need a stronger grounding in U.S. history.
For more difficult questions, you can post a question on the discussion board where your fellow students may be able to help you.
An e-book has been designed for this class, containing all the readings and some additional essays by leading scholars in the history of capitalism, including the professors. American Capitalism: A Reader [Kindle Edition] Amazon.com.
Categories: Social Sciences
Starts : 2015-03-23
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