Courses on History

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1. Why Should We Study History, In the First Place?

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

The study of U.S. history seen through the lens of economic theory teaches us lessons like: (1) Why did America do so well economically?, (2) Why do we have the problems of war, terrorism, and immigration?, (3) What results from the growth of government?, ...
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14. Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

Booms and BustsU.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

Boom-busts were a feature of markets. Under consumption caused the depression. WWII ended the Great Depression. All three Keynesian beliefs were inaccurate. Only the Austrian Business Cycle Theory got it right.
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13. Welfare Programs and the Great Society

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

From 1950 to 1980, Americans were indeed Losing Ground. Charles Murray’s book on social policy debunks welfare programs. The programs are the problem. It is not possible to design a wealth transfer program that will not produce net harm.
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12. Civil Rights and the Supreme Court

Legal SystemMedia and CulturePolitical Theory

The doctrine was separate but equal according to the Constitution. Segregation was not unconstitutional. Brown v. Board of Education consolidated several cases about separation, and stated that if schools were separate they were, ipso facto , not equal.
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11. The History of Foreign Aid Programs

Global EconomyTaxes and Spending

The Marshall Plan didn’t help get Europe back on its feet: free markets did. The Plan was another failed giveaway program. The Plan’s disastrous legacy was the wrongheaded approach it inspired in foreign aid programs for the rest of the century.
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10. The Economics of the New Deal and World War II

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

While many Americans were hungry and destitute, FDR ordered the slaughter of six million pigs and the destruction of ten million acres of cotton. Public-sector jobs created by the New Deal displaced or destroyed private-sector jobs. World War II didn’t end the Great Depression; a return to free-...
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9. The 1920s

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

In the 1920s Presidents Harding and Coolidge never got close to the poll favorites of Washington, Lincoln and FDR when ranked, because they killed fewer, taxed less, made their administrations almost invisible, and sought no wealth or glory.
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8. Myths and Facts About Big Business

U.S. EconomyCapital and Interest TheoryProduction Theory

Rockefeller, Carnegie, Dow, Hill, and other great American businessmen did more for America than all the big-government programs combined. These men were market entrepreneurs, not political ones.
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7. Reconstruction

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Reconstruction is the readmission of the Southern states to the Union. Lincoln decided that ten percent of the eligible voters in 1860 had to take an oath of loyalty to the Union. Andrew Johnson, after Lincoln, added that wealthy Southern Planters had to beg for pardons. The Southern states were...
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6. Secession and War

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Secession is a progressive, not a reactionary force. It is civilized. Jefferson Davis argued that because secession is not mentioned in the Constitution it is retained by the states under the Tenth Amendment. Thomas Jefferson said that the time for separation had not yet come.
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