Spring 2025

Economic History of the United States, 1600–1860

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-271


Daniel P. Barbezat (Section 01)


The economic development of the United States provides an excellent starting point for an understanding of both this nation’s history and its current economic situation. We begin with the colonial period and the creation of the nation and end with the Civil War and the breakdown of the Union. Throughout we provide an economic reading of the events and try to explain the conflicts and resolutions in economic terms.

Requisite: ECON 111/111E. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Professor Barbezat. 

How to handle overenrollment: Random draw with a waiting list.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Modes of learning and assessment include readings, lectures, problem solving, in-class exams, independent research and writing, graphical analysis, group discussion.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2022, Spring 2025