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History of the American Economy This page intentionally left blank History of the American Economy ELEVENTH EDITION GARY M. WALTON University of. Written in celebration of the upcoming th anniversary of the American Economic Review (February. ), this paper recounts the history of the journal. This paper examines the evolving structure of the American economy, specifically , the Employing historical time series data from the Bureau of Labor Sta-.

The economic history of the United States is about characteristics of and important developments in the U. The emphasis is on economic performance and how it was affected by new technologies, especially those that improved productivity , which is the main cause of economic growth. Also covered are the change of size in economic sectors and the effects of legislation and government policy. Specialized business history is covered in American business history. The colonial economy differed significantly from that of most other regions in that land and natural resources were abundant in America but labor was scarce. Population growth was responsible for over three-quarters of the economic growth of the British American colonies. The free white population had the highest standard of living in the world. Under the colonial system Britain put restrictions on the type of products that could be made in the colonies and put restrictions on trade outside the British Empire. Initial colonization of North America was extremely difficult and the great majority of settlers before died in their first year. Settlers had to depend on what they could hunt and gather plus what they brought with them and on uncertain shipments of food, tools and supplies until they could build shelters and forts, clear land and grow enough food and build gristmills, sawmills, iron works and blacksmith shops to be self-supporting. They also had to defend themselves against raids from hostile Indians. After population growth was very rapid due to high birth rates 8 children per family versus 4 in Europe and lower death rates than in Europe, and immigration. The death rate from diseases, especially malaria, was higher in the warm, humid southern colonies than in cold New England. The higher birth rate was due to better employment opportunities. Many young adults in Europe delayed marriage for financial reasons.

They demonstrate convincingly that early American property rights institutions—born of British precedents Stanley L. Engerman , codified in a constitution influenced by the commercial interests of its framers Robert A.

McGuire , and grafted to a strong financial system Richard Sylla —explain much of the young nation's rapid convergence to British standards of living, as well as the economic successes and failures of federal land policies Gary D.

Libecap , and the roles of national, state, and municipal governments in the antebellum economy John Joseph Wallis. Some of the volume's most stimulating contributions trace the origins of the modern mixed economy back to the Civil War, a crisis that derived, in essence, from a morally reprehensible property right.

The War ushered in the first centrally administered conscription policy, as well as a national income tax, a national banking system, a national [End Page ] currency, Departments of Agriculture and Education, land-grant universities, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Secret Service Jeffrey Rogers Hummel.

Moreover, whereas government sanctioned slavery prior to the Civil War, it likely accelerated the pace of racial convergence on the basis of income, education, and wealth afterwards Robert A. In turn, emancipation motivated paternalism, which served Southern plantation owners as an enforcement mechanism that minimized the cost of monitoring free labor. Paternalism effectively shaped the growth of the welfare state, which the South resisted to the extent that it interfered with how the region managed—and, hence, controlled—its labor force Lee J.

While the private sector financed the companies, the king also provided each project with a charter or grant conferring economic rights as well as political and judicial authority.

The colonies did not show profits, however, and the disappointed English investors often turned over their colonial charters to the settlers. The political implications, although not realized at the time, were enormous. The colonists were left to build their own governments and their own economy. Taxation[ edit ] The colonial governments had few expenses and taxes were minimal.

Although the colonies provided an export market for finished goods made in Britain or sourced by British merchants and shipped from Britain, the British incurred the expenses of providing protection against piracy by the British Navy and other military expenses. An early tax was the Molasses Act of In the s the London government raised small sums by new taxes on the colonies. This occasioned an enormous uproar, from which historians date the origins of the American Revolution.

The issue was not the amount of the taxes—they were quite small—but rather the constitutional authority of Parliament versus the colonial assemblies to vote taxes.

Historians have debated back and forth about the cost imposed by the Navigation Acts , which were less visible and rarely complained about.

The Americans attempted resistance through boycotts of British manufactured items, but the British responded with a rejection of American rights and the Intolerable Acts of The cartoon represents the commercial status of the US during the Revolution.

The American Revolution — brought a dedication to unalienable rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", which emphasize individual liberty and economic entrepreneurship, and simultaneously a commitment to the political values of liberalism and republicanism , which emphasize natural rights , equality under the law for all citizens, civic virtue and duty, and promotion of the general welfare.

Congress and the American states had no end of difficulty financing the war. The British made the situation much worse by imposing a tight blockade on every American port, which cut off almost all imports and exports. One partial solution was to rely on volunteer support from militiamen, and donations from patriotic citizens. Another was to delay actual payments, pay soldiers and suppliers in depreciated currency, and promise it would be made good after the war.

Indeed, in the soldiers and officers were given land grants to cover the wages they had earned but had not been paid during the war. Not until , when Robert Morris was named Superintendent of Finance of the United States , did the national government have a strong leader in financial matters. Morris used a French loan in to set up the private Bank of North America to finance the war. Seeking greater efficiency, Morris reduced the civil list, saved money by using competitive bidding for contracts, tightened accounting procedures, and demanded the federal government's full share of money and supplies from the states.

This paper money would supposedly be redeemed for state taxes, but the holders were eventually paid off in at the rate of one cent on the dollar. By , the paper money was "not worth a Continental", as people said, and a second issue of new currency was attempted.

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The second issue quickly became nearly worthless—but it was redeemed by the new federal government in at cents on the dollar. In effect, the paper money was a hidden tax on the people, and indeed was the only method of taxation that was possible at the time.

The skyrocketing inflation was a hardship on the few people who had fixed incomes—but 90 percent of the people were farmers, and were not directly affected by that inflation. Debtors benefited by paying off their debts with depreciated paper. Starting in , the Congress sought to raise money by loans from wealthy individuals, promising to redeem the bonds after the war.

The bonds were in fact redeemed in at face value, but the scheme raised little money because Americans had little specie, and many of the rich merchants were supporters of the Crown. Starting in , the French secretly supplied the Americans with money, gunpowder and munitions in order to weaken its arch enemy, Great Britain.

When France officially entered the war in , the subsidies continued, and the French government, as well as bankers in Paris and Amsterdam loaned large sums to the American war effort.

These loans were repaid in full in the s.

But the states had no system of taxation either, and were little help. By Congress was making requisitions for specific supplies of corn, beef, pork and other necessities—an inefficient system that kept the army barely alive.

They lost their main role as oceanic ports, because of the blockade by the British Navy. Furthermore, the British occupied the cities, especially New York —83, and the others for briefer periods.

During the occupations they were cut off from their hinterland trade and from overland communication. When the British finally departed in , they took out large numbers of wealthy merchants who resumed their business activities elsewhere in the British Empire.

Constitution , adopted in , established that the entire nation was a unified, or common market, with no internal tariffs or taxes on interstate commerce.

The extent of federal power was much debated, with Alexander Hamilton taking a very broad view as the first Secretary of the Treasury during the presidential administration of George Washington. Hamilton successfully argued for the concept of " implied powers ", whereby the federal government was authorized by the Constitution to create anything necessary to support its contents, even if it not specifically noted in it build lighthouses, etc.

He succeeded in building strong national credit based on taking over the state debts and bundling them with the old national debt into new securities sold to the wealthy. They in turn now had an interest in keeping the new government solvent.

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Hamilton funded the debt with tariffs on imported goods and a highly controversial tax on whiskey. Hamilton believed the United States should pursue economic growth through diversified shipping, manufacturing, and banking.

He sought and achieved Congressional authority to create the First Bank of the United States in ; the charter lasted until The other is that government advances economic development and growth when it observes well-defined private-property rights, enforces contracts, administers justice, and defends the nation from external aggressors. Many of the volume's sixteen contributors, whose names most readers will recognize, weave both themes into their essays.

Others discuss the public sector's tendency to accrete—and, hence, shape the U.

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In any case, most essays offer a balanced assessment of government. And, each couches clear and concise economic analysis within an instructive historical narrative, complete with notes and bibliographies; hence, this work will appeal to a wide audience of experts and nonexperts alike.

The volume opens with several essays that together discuss, in the context of the founding of the United States, how initial property endowments shape property-rights institutions, which in turn shape the development and growth of both the economy and the government.

They demonstrate convincingly that early American property rights institutions—born of British precedents Stanley L. Engerman , codified in a constitution influenced by the commercial interests of its framers Robert A.

McGuire , and grafted to a strong financial system Richard Sylla —explain much of the young nation's rapid convergence to British standards of living, as well as the economic successes and failures of federal land policies Gary D.

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