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    Goucher College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue
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HIS 206 - Success and Failure in Early American Capitalism (4 Cr.)


The rags-to-riches theme is a staple of the American historical experience. But, personal and economic failure has also played an important role in the development of the United States. This course examines the relationship between and meaning of economic success and failure from the era of Ben Franklin to that of Andrew Carnegie. In addition to secondary accounts of early American entrepreneurialism, debtor laws, bankruptcy practices, and commercial panics, readings will likely include Franklin’s Autobiography, Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”, Horatio Alger’s “Ragged Dick”, Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth”, and beggars’ letters to John D. Rockefeller. Prerequisite: Any 100-level history course, sophomore standing, or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters. Hale.



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