Political Economy, Institutions, and Property in the Age of the American Revolution (20641). 2 units. A new generation of scholarship emphasizes the importance of political economy and institution-building as central themes in the American Founding and in subsequent American development. This course will examine the Founding Era through the lens of institutions, property, and debates over political economy. The course will cover institutions central to understanding the eighteenth-century political economy such as slavery, immigration, banking, imperial law, comparative constitutional development, courts and credit markets. Readings and discussions will focus on both British imperial and early American contexts. Course grade will be based primarily on a research paper. Paper required. Enrollment capped at 9 Law students. Also HIST. C. Priest and S. Pincus.
Note: This course will follow the Law School calendar.