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Confidence and Panic in 19th Century U.S. Economic Life
HIST 227
Spring 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 250

The American age of go-ahead was also the age of panics, hard times, and depression. In this course we will study seven major panics between 1797 and 1929 and consider the conditions that contributed to the pattern of boom and bust in 19th century American economy and society. We will devote special attention to how boosters and critics of American capitalism characterized its successes and failures, revisiting the popular tropes of Yankee entrepreneurialism, confidence games, and self-made men.

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship, Interpretation
A working knowledge of the U.S. economic history provides essential perspective on issues of contemporary political economy. The course emphasizes diverse modes of historical analysis, especially cultural and literary interpretation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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