Sugar, Tobacco, Iron and Silicon: An Economic History of the U.S. (MSON) (History/Social Science Elective; US)

Mari Foret

Fall; Grades 11-12

Taught by: Newark Academy

By 1871, the United States had emerged as the world’s largest economy and was well on its way to achieving dominance across a number of fields, including manufacturing. Is it an accident that this growth occurred so soon after the Civil War? What linkage does it have to the end of slavery? And why is it, so close to this date, that America become what many referred to as “the Imperial Republic?”

Students in this course will be deeply engaged with examining the causes and consequences of the US’s rise to global economic dominance over the past 150 years. They will critically analyze key primary texts as they explore relevant historical content and methodologies. Additionally, students will be taught how to use introductory micro and macroeconomic analysis, including the use of supply and demand and aggregate supply and aggregate demand graphs. Texts used in the course include Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power (1986) and Scott Nations’ A History of the United States in Five Crashes (2017). 


Reading a national newspaper is recommended

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