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The Evolution of the American Economy: Growth, Welfare, and Decision Making Hardcover – Facsimile, January, 1993

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This comprehensive history of the U.S. economy from colonial times to the present explores the nature of American economic growth, the economic welfare of different social groups, and the role of decision making in the economic process.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 599 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Coll Div; Fac Sub edition (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023986808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023986802
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on September 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is for college students of economics and history who want to learn the important facts about the economy, and the complex factors of economic change. It combines an analytic narrative of economic growth with an evaluation of economic welfare. It covers subjects often omitted, such as the distribution of wealth and income. It treats the main phases, trends, and turning points. The first four chapters cover 1492 to 1790, from Colonialism to national independence. The next six chapters cover 1790 to 1860: the agricultural era and emerging industrialism. The next six chapters cover 1860 to 1914: the transformation of the American economy. The last six chapters cover 1914 to 1979: the super-industrial economy.

The English colonies attracted people who wanted to acquire material goods, a "selective migration". [Was this different from the Spanish colonies?] Colonies produced staples for export, and imported manufactured goods. The enclosure movements in England confiscated common property to benefit the aristocracy (p.30). Forcing people off the land created immigrants for the colonies. Religious minorities also sought a refuge in America.

The Continental Congress created paper currency to pay for the war; this inevitably created severe inflation and dramatic price rises. Revaluing the currency downwards didn't work. Robert Morris was put in control of finances, but failed to secure taxing power for the national government. Instead of higher taxes, higher inflation paid for the war. America's productive strength overcame the monetary problems (p.87). Some merchants gained wealth from war supplies and its commerce. American continued to trade with Great Britain, but also increased or opened other markets in Europe.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cobrakai on February 13, 2011
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This textbook is considered out of print but my Professor still teaches from it word for word. Taking notes in this man's class is hand cramping, the book is a perfect study guide. As a plus it was much cheaper than any of my other books and was in excellent condition.
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