This presentation will explore four episodes in American history, beginning with the history of immigration by focusing primarily on waves of immigrants that arrived from the 1820s to the 1850s and again from the 1880s to the 1920s. What new insight does an economic perspective provide on immigration?
This presentation will also examine the 19th-century industrialists often referred to as “Robber Barons.” We will analyze the business people who have been described as robber barons and determine if they were entrepreneurs, serving their customers and society overall or if they were stealing from their customers and society, making things worse.
The third lecture will focus on how the federal government maintained a limited role in the economy throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and how, following World War II, its role in the economy changed. What is the status of federal spending today? Can the United States maintain a growing economy facing a future of unending deficit spending and increasing national debt?
The fourth topic will focus on why some nations are able to achieve economic success while others do not. Most economists agree that it is a nation’s basic political and legal institutions that are fundamental to long-term economic growth and prosperity. What are these institutions? And what is the evidence that they are the key explanation of wealth and poverty?
- The Economic Story of Immigration.
- Were the “Robber Barons” Robbers? Barons?
- Is the Growth of the Federal Government after World War II Good for the Economy?
- Why are some Nations Rich While Others are Poor?
|Course # F4W2 — 4 Weeks|
| ||Place:||Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
| ||Dates:||Wednesdays — Nov. 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11; NO CLASS NOV. 27|
| ||Time:||9:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.|
| ||Fee:||$34 / member; $54 / non-member|