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6. Tariffs, Inflation, Anti-Trust and Cartels

Money and BanksU.S. EconomyInterventionism

01/16/2010Audio/Video
The Sherman Act outlawed restraint of trade . The Clayton Act added to that. Anti-Trust hysteria came in the 1940-50s. Whatever you did would be considered monopolistic. The charges didn't come from consumers, they came from whining competitors.
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3. The Decline of Laissez-Faire

Global EconomyInterventionism

01/16/2010Audio/Video
Economics is a constant fight between the market and the government. The railroad cartel did not work against the free market even with ideal conditions. Airlines were tightly regulated until the small airlines began to compete in quality. Deregulation followed.
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2. The Railroading of the American People

U.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

01/15/2010Audio/Video
The railroads experienced both enormous growth and enormous government intervention. Land was closed off from settlement, causing farmers to oppose the privileged railroads. Markets were skewed. Waste and inefficiencies were high.
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1. The Civil War and Its Legacy

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

01/15/2010Audio/Video
How does government intervene in the economy? What are the consequences? What are the motivations behind passing these interventions? The lives of the people involved explain why they do these things.
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5. International Trade

Global EconomyU.S. EconomyValue and Exchange

01/14/2010Audio/Video
International trade routes revealed comparative advantages of the different shippers, whether New England or British. Merchants dealt with shippers with whom they had a history. Knowing market conditions was easier for local merchants. Crews were paid less in their home ports.
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7. The American Revolution: Part 1

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

01/14/2010Audio/Video
Salutary neglect of the colonies spurred innovation and abundance in a spirit of freedom. Bitterness crept into the relationship after the French and Indian War when the British kept colonialists out of certain territories and began taxing them internally and increased tariffs.
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9. The American Revolution: Part 3

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

01/14/2010Audio/Video
The Americans successfully used the different tactic guerilla warfare against the staid and rigid British soldiers. War caused a large increase in the paper money supply - the Continental - triggering hyperinflation and loss of purchasing power.
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4. The Colonial Economy

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/14/2010Audio/Video
The private property method of settlement was more successful than the public method. But, moving people to the new world was difficult while life in Europe was better. Thus, indentured servants were a large group second only to religious refugees.
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6. Inflation in Colonial America

Money and BanksU.S. EconomyU.S. History

01/14/2010Audio/Video
Colonial governments tried to manipulate the Spanish peso when they couldn't control the commodity monies. They increased the supply of pesos (inflation) and encouraged exports. Prices increased until the process was banned.
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8. The American Revolution: Part 2

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

01/14/2010Audio/Video
The Virginia Resolves said Virginia citizens should not obey the Stamp Acts. Intimidation of the tax collectors effectively nullified the Act. Colonialists felt that the Crown had violated their relationship. The Intolerable Acts were the final straw. They stated their grievances in the Declaration...
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