Historical Perspectives on the American Economy: Selected Readings

(Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Table of Contents
Introductions by Robert Whaples and Dianne C. Betts

  1. "Does the Past Have Useful Economics" by Donald N. McCloskey.
  2. "An Economic Interpretation of the American Revolution" by Marc Egnal and Joseph A. Ernst.
  3. "The Market and Massachusetts Farmers, 1750-1855" by Winifred Rothenberg.
  4. "The Rise and Fall of Indentured Servitude in the Americas: An Economic Analysis" by David W. Galenson.
  5. "The Anatomy of Exploitation" from Time on the Cross by Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman.
  6. "Slavery: The Progressive Institution?" by Paul A. David and Peter Temin.
  7. "Explaining the Relative Efficiency of Slave Agriculture in the Antebellum South," by Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman.
  8. "The Trap of Debt Peonage" from One Kind of Freedom by Roger L. Ransom and Richard Sutch.
  9. "The Economic Revolution in the American South" by Gavin Wright.
  10. "The Railroads: The First Modern Business Enterprises, 1850s-1860s" from The Visible Hand by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
  11. "Notes on the Social Savings Controversy" by Robert Fogel.
  12. "Industrial Structure and the Emergence of the Modern Industrial Corporation" by Jeremy Atack.
  13. "The Origins of American Industrial Success, 1879-1913" by Gavin Wright.
  14. "Federal Policy, Banking Market Structure, and Capital Mobilization in the United States, 1863-1913," Richard Sylla.
  15. "A Reappraisal of the Causes of Farm Protest in the United States, 1870-1900" by Anne Mayhew.
  16. "The Wizard of Oz as a Monetary Allegory" by Hugh Rockoff.
  17. "The Changing Economic Role of Women: A Quantitative Approach" by Claudia Goldin.
  18. "Factors Accounting for Changes in the Stock of Money" from A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman and Anna Jacobson Schwartz.
  19. "The Fall in the Demand for Money" from Did Monetary Forces Cause the Great Depression? by Peter Temin

Appendix: Basics of Regression