American economic history, broadly conceived, is essential to understanding not just the workings of today's economy but the important changes over time in American politics, society, and culture. "An Industrious People" allows participants to discuss the historic context of economic developments, the economic factors involved in different political and social issues, and the ways Americans have reacted, adapted to, or protested these developments.
Topics Within This Theme
Women and Work in Colonial New England
From “10 Footers” to Factories: Industrial Growth in the Antebellum North
Building Wealth Through the China and East Indies Trade
Consumer Culture and Consumption Landscapes in Post-War America
Upstairs/Downstairs: Domestic Servants and Mistresses in 19th and 20th Century America
Farmers and Fishermen: Work in Essex County 1650 – 1850
“Westward Ho:” Westward Migration in the 1840s and 50s: Who, Where, Why, How?