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Econ 170 - Economic History of the United States - Tyler Prante

Course:Economic History of the United States
Professor:Tyler Prante
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


I hope that students in this class are exposed to new ideas, challenged, and leave with a different perspective about our economic history. I also hope that you'll leave wanting to learn more about economics!

Course Description

As you read this, the United States has the largest economy on the planet. Our nation is also among the richest of countries on earth.  With Covid-19, we are also in one of the worst recessions in history. How did this happen and what lessons can be taken from our economic history?

We'll start by detailing how economists measure economic variables. (For instance, you'll learn about the sort of numbers that can be used to support the statements in the previous paragraph.)

You'll learn about the reconstruction of the country after the Civil War and about how economic advantages were one reason why the Union defeated the Confederacy. 

You will learn about the importance of infrastructure and about how the transcontinental railroad was an early example of how transportation networks can lead to economic growth.

You will learn about the importance of new technologies and study the second industrial revolution during the late 1800s. 

There will be chapters on both World War I and World War II where we will compare and contrast the impact of these events on our economy.

Finally, the Great Depression and the government's response during the New Deal will be used to give light to our economy's current situation.

What to Expect in this Course

The class is both a history class and an economics class which makes it both interesting and challenging.  The work and assignments of the class therefore are a mix of identifying themes and trends, summarizing patterns, working with economic terminology, and performing calculations.

Students who have already taken Econ 201 and Econ 202 are able to gain the most from the class. There aren't prerequisites though. Many people take this as a first economics class. I try to mix instruction of the history and the economics.

The class makes use of the textbook and video lectures for delivering most of the content.  The bulk of the work is in preparing for quizzes and assignments rather than completing the assignments themselves.

You'll need a computer that uses Google Chrome and to enable the Proctorio extension in Chrome when taking quizzes.

Types of Assessments

Discussions, proctored quizzes based on readings and recorded video lectures, short answer assignments based on viewing documentaries, a research paper, a cumulative final exam

Textbook Information

Walton, Gary M., and Hugh Rockoff. History of the American Economy. 13th edition. South-Western Cengage Learning. 2018.
ISBN: 978-1337104609

Older editions are OK too.

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 994