U.S. Political Economic History

Updated 10/19/18  See Free Economics Books

 
 


Prelude: Political Economy Basics

Capitalism

Our Democratic Federalist Capitalist Republic

 

 
 


Presidential Elections

1778-1824


1828-1852


1856-1892


1896-1928


1932-1972


1976-2012

U.S. Political Era

1788 to 1892


1896 to 2016


Rigged? Past Election Sowed-Doubt and
Nearly Led to Violence


 

 

 Building America's Democratic
Federalist Capitalistic Republic

The Early Colonial Period

"We the People"
determines Political Power


Increasing We" of "We the People"

Thomas Jefferson
 Leader of the Opposition


Building a Constitutional

Capitalistic Democracy
Profitable Government
  
 

 


Presidential Courage
Brave Leaders
Changed America 1789-1989
 
By Michael Beschloss

G. Washington created Executive Privilege

See George Washington

Do You Want a Revolution?

The Revolution 1774-76   Source

J. Adams avoided War with France

which cost him reelection.

See John Adams
Leader of the Opposition
The Master of Monticello  

A. Jackson took on Eastern Oligarchs
 to serve rural America.

See Andrew Jackson  
Constitution to Manifest Destiny

A. Lincoln required freeing the slaves
to save the Union.

See Abraham Lincoln

T. Roosevelt  took on monopoly trusts
to protect, farms, consumers

See T. Roosevelt

TR Continues Manifest Destiny

War With Spain

FDR unpopular war planning
elected for terms 3 and 4

See F. Roosevelt

 Great Depression

Safety Net Deficits

H. Truman  quickly recognize Israel
with pressure from all sides

See H. Truman

First Cold War President

JFK  pushed school integration
 
despite political pressures.

See John F. Kennedy
 
JFK Avoids Vietnam

R. Reagan  ended Cold War
 
with massive deficit spending.

See Ronald Reagan

 Ends an Evil Empire

  Federal Deficit Increases.

Political Economy Summaries

 

 

Post WW2 History

U.S. Normality Changes
7 Competitive Adjustments
 1945-2015

Rising Income

Increased Foreign Competition
Began 1970's Wage Stagnation

1980's Less Financial Regulation,
 Slow Wage Growth

U.S. Financial Bailouts and
Economic Recovery

Poverty Stuck at 15% Since 1984

Profit Growth Beats Wage Growth
 in New Century

Wellbeing Continuing Growing

 
 
 

Specific Topics

History of U.S. Economic Growth 1p


Brief History of U S Banking Problems 3p


Brief History of American Unions
2p


U.S. Economic History Since 1900
3p


20th Century Decade Evaluation 10p


Recent Decades Ranked by Problems 2p
The Cost of 20th Century


Great Recession 1p or  3p

 
Wage Growth Analysis 1p under construction


Epilogue 
International Economic Competitive Adjustment
and the New Normal 1p


The Cost og Wars 1p


Most Severe Recessions 2p


Political Economy Book Summaries 1 p each