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ECON170 - Economic History of the U.S. - Peter de Luca

Course:Economic History of the U.S.
Professor:Peter de Luca
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Peter de Luca

I graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a B.A. in Economics and then much later in life earned an M.B.A at Keller Graduate School of Management.

I have been teaching at the college level for 40 years. I have taught economics at DeVry University, at many colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, and here at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. 

I teach mostly at  Pierce Community College. Since 2008, I have taught over 600 online class instances for DeVry, Pierce and Corinthean College. In 2009, I was voted “Online instructor of the year” at Corinthean Colleges. In 2011, I coached the Taft High School Academic Decathlon team in economics and they finished third in the state. 

Course Description

ECON 170. Introduction to U.S. Economic History (3 credits). This course covers events and economic concepts applied in the United States from the Revolutionary Wars for independence to the present.

There have been many economic concepts proposed throughout the past two and a half centuries in the U.S. The most important question is: “Which economic concepts worked, and which ones did not work to strengthen our economy?”

Our history is our economic laboratory. Many economic concepts have been tried at some time in our history. We will examine those historical economic events and analyze their success or failure.

What to Expect in this Course

We will cover about 15 chapters in this course. I will also teach macro and microeconomic concepts that support and reinforce the material discussed in the chapters.

IMPORTANT: I provide my own video lecture for each chapter covered in the course. These videos will make learning easier and faster for you. My videos use my own PowerPoint presentations which you will be able to download.

My videos lectures will make this online course feel more like an on-campus class.  

Below is a link to one my chapter video lectures that you can sample now. It is chapter 19 titled: “Money, Prices, and Finance in the Postbellum Era.” Chapter 19 is one of the most important chapters in the course.

Link to chapter 19 video lecture: Money, Prices and Finance in the Postbellum Era




Types of Assessments


Each chapter will have a quiz. We will cover on the average, one chapter a week. Some of the more important chapter quizzes, you will be allowed to take twice under certain requirements.

The quizzes will be monitored using Proctorio. You will need a web camera on your computer.

I only use Proctorio to make sure that it is you that is taking your quiz. The chapter quizzes are open book and open notes. 


There will be four closed book tests. The tests are NOT comprehensive. Each test covers a small range of chapters in the book. You will be given a study guide and a chapter question breakdown for each test. The last test is the final exam. 

They will be monitored using Proctorio. 

If your grade in one of your tests is higher than a chapter quiz grade, then I will replace that chapter quiz score with your test score. But there are requirements specified in the syllabus. 



Textbook Information

REQUIRED TEXT:         Gary M. Walton. Hugh Rockoff, History of the American Economy.  13th Edition, 2014.  ISBN- 978 1 337 10460  9

But any of the older versions down to the 9th edition will work very well. You can get the 9th edition or the 10th edition  on between $5.00 and $15.00.

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Last updated: 08/21/2021 Sub#: 210