CW Economics – Bibliography


Compiled by Ed Reed, Ottawa, CWRT

Atak, Jeremy, and Peter Passell. A New Economic View of American History from Colonial Times to 1940. Second edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.

Beard, Charles, and Mary Beard. The Rise of American Civilization. Two volumes. New York: Macmillan, 1927.

Bensel, Richard F. Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Brown, Richard D. Modernization: The Transformation of American Life, 1600-1865. New York: Hill and Wang, 1976.

Burdekin, Richard C.K., and Farrokh K. Langdana. “War Finance in the Southern Confederacy.” Explorations in Economic History 30 (1993): 352-377.

Cochran, Thomas C. “Did the Civil War Retard Industrialization?” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 48 (September 1961): 197-210.

Egnal, Marc. “The Beards Were Right: Parties in the North, 1840-1860.” Civil War History 47 (2001): 30-56.

Engerman, Stanley L. “The Economic Impact of the Civil War.” Explorations in Entrepreneurial History, second series 3 (1966): 176-199.

Faulkner, Harold Underwood. American Economic History. Fifth edition. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943.

Gilchrist, David T., and W. David Lewis, editors. Economic Change in the Civil War Era. Greenville, DE: Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, 1965.

Goldin, Claudia Dale. “The Economics of Emancipation.” Journal of Economic History 33 (1973): 66-85.

Goldin, Claudia, and Frank Lewis. “The Economic Costs of the American Civil War: Estimates and Implications.” Journal of Economic History 35 (1975): 299-326.

Goldin, Claudia, and Frank Lewis. “The Post-Bellum Recovery of the South and the Cost of the Civil War: Comment.” Journal of Economic History 38 (1978): 487-492.

Gunderson, Gerald. “The Origin of the American Civil War.” Journal of Economic History 34 (1974): 915-950.

Hacker, Louis. The Triumph of American Capitalism: The Development of Forces in American History to the End of the Nineteenth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1940.


Hughes, J.R.T., and Louis P. Cain. American Economic History. Fifth edition. New York: Addison Wesley, 1998.


Huston, James L. “Property Rights in Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War.” Journal of Southern History 65 (1999): 249-286.

James, John. “Public Debt Management and Nineteenth-Century American Economic Growth.” Explorations in Economic History 21 (1984): 192-217.

McPherson, James M. “Antebellum Southern Exceptionalism: A New Look at an Old Question.” Civil War History 29 (1983): 230-244.

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

North, Douglass C. The Economic Growth of the United States, 1790-1860. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1961.

Ransom, Roger L. Conflict and Compromise: The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation, and the American Civil War. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Ransom, Roger L. “The Economic Consequences of the American Civil War.” In The Political Economy of War and Peace, edited by M. Wolfson. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998.

Ransom, Roger L. “Fact and Counterfact: The ‘Second American Revolution’ Revisited.” Civil War History 45 (1999): 28-60.

Ransom, Roger L. “The Historical Statistics of the Confederacy.” In The Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition, edited by Susan Carter and Richard Sutch. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Ransom, Roger L., and Richard Sutch. “Growth and Welfare in the American South in the Nineteenth Century.” Explorations in Economic History 16 (1979): 207-235.

Ransom, Roger L., and Richard Sutch. “Who Pays for Slavery?” In The Wealth of Races: The Present Value of Benefits from Past Injustices, edited by Richard F. America, 31-54. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Ransom, Roger L., and Richard Sutch. “Conflicting Visions: The American Civil War as a Revolutionary Conflict.” Research in Economic History 20 (2001).

Ransom, Roger L., and Richard Sutch. One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation. Second edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Robertson, Ross M. History of the American Economy. Second edition. New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1955.

United States, Bureau of the Census. Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Two volumes. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

Walton, Gary M., and Hugh Rockoff. History of the American Economy. Eighth edition. New York: Dryden, 1998.

Weingast, Barry, “The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market Preserving Federalism and Economic Development.” Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 11 (1995): 1-31.

Weingast, Barry R. “Political Stability and Civil War: Institutions, Commitment, and American Democracy.” In Analytic Narratives, edited by Roberts Bates et al. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Williamson, Jeffrey. “Watersheds and Turning Points: Conjectures on the Long-Term Impact of Civil War Financing.” Journal of Economic History 34 (1974): 636-661.

Wolfson, Murray. “A House Divided against Itself Cannot Stand.” Conflict Management and Peace Science 14 (1995): 115-141.

Wright, Gavin. Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy since the Civil War. New York: Basic Books, 1986.