Issues in American Economic History Since 1900
Prof. Ranjit S. Dighe
Eco 327-800: MW 3:00-4:20
Required texts for Spring 2012:
The most relevant links for this course, including the syllabus and links to all of the outside readings, will be on ANGEL.
- Studs Terkel. The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century.
The New Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1595581778. (Cheaper alternative: A used or remaindered copy
of the original edition, My American Century. New York: The New Press,
1997. ISBN-13: 978-1565844698. Used copies were available for under
$1 the last time I checked.)
- Diana Hacker. Rules for Writers. 6th
edition. New York: Bedford / St. Martin’s,
2010. ISBN-13: 978-0312664817. (You might
own this already. Later editions are fine. The 5th edition is acceptable.)
- + numerous articles and book chapters, which
are available through the
course ANGEL site.
Click here to log into ANGEL.
Books on reserve at Penfield Library for this course, as of 20 Feb. 2012.
, for students in need of a refresher
-- Alas, these notes do not include graphs. Here, however, are
some related notes, courtesy of Prof. John Kane, with multi-colored
on supply, demand, pricing, and profits in a perfectly competitive
Related web sites:
Images of American economic history / Tools for teachers:
- Map of manufacturing areas, 1900
- Cocaine Toothache Drops, 1885
- Bayer Heroin
- "Weed, Booze, Cocaine and Other Old School 'Medicine' Ads" (from PharmacyTechs.net)
- Still more old school patent medicine ads (from the University of Buffalo psychology department's Addiction Research Unit)
- Trailer for the movie "Reefer Madness" (1936)
- Marihuana Tax Stamp, 1945
- The Panic of 1907
- Panic on Wall Street, 1929
- Bread line, 1932
- Coffee-and-donuts lines of the unemployed during the Great Depression
- NPR's 2011 feature story on the gold standard is informative and quotes economic historian Randall E. Parker
- A Great Depression bank run is captured perfectly in this scene from "It's a Wonderful Life"
- The great H.L. Mencken celebrates the return of legal beer in March 1933
- Churchill, FDR, and Stalin at Yalta, 1945
- Pres. Eisenhower's Farewell Address, 1961, in which he warns of the "military-industrial complex" (YouTube video)
- Map of the Great Migration of African Americans, 1916-1930
- The Great Migration of African Americans -- at a train station
- Student Elizabeth Eckford desegregates Arkansas Central High School, 1957; story
- Civil rights marchers in Seattle
- Word cloud of Pres. Bush's speech on the financial crisis, 2008
- Barnard College History Department E-Resources
- Teaching American History: includes a host of images, audio clips, and video clips
- The Authentic History Center: more images, audio, and artifacts
The final exam is optional, but we do have one. It is on Wed., May 9, from 2-4 P.M.
Last revised on 20 February 2012.