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January 27, 2005

20050127: Economics 113: Spring 2005: First (Short) Paper Assignment

ECON 113 AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY SPRING 2005

First (Short) Paper Assignment

We will read a substantial amount, both in the textbook and in the auxiliary readings, on the "economic" causes of the American revolution. Now it's time to exercise your prose-writing muscles by trying to make sense of it all. Therefore:

In three pages or so--roughly 800 to 1000 words--perform the following:

1. Summarize the readings on how membership in the British Empire helped and hindered the growth of the colonial economy in the aggregate.

2. Speculate on how relatively small but politically-powerful interest groups were helped or hindered by membership in the British Empire.

3. Present and justify your view of the truth or falsity of the claim that the causes of the American revolt in 1775-1776 were primarily economic.

Papers are due at the *start* of lecture on Tuesday, February 8 (or earlier). Papers not submitted when Brad DeLong starts talking will be graded down by half. Papers not submitted to Brad DeLong in Evans Hall by 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 9 receive no credit.

Posted by DeLong at January 27, 2005 01:35 PM