By James S. Olson, Abraham O. Mendoza
A research of the U.S. economic system is necessary to figuring out U.S. politics, society, and tradition. To make that learn more uncomplicated, this dictionary bargains concise essays on greater than 1,200 economics-related subject matters. Entries disguise a large array of pivotal info on old occasions, laws, financial phrases, hard work unions, innovations, curiosity teams, elections, proceedings, monetary rules and philosophies, fiscal associations, and worldwide approaches. Economics-focused biographies and corporate profiles are featured as sidebars, and the paintings additionally comprises either a chronology of significant occasions in U.S. financial heritage and a selective bibliography.
Encompassing U.S. historical past considering 1776 with an emphasis on contemporary many years, entries diversity from issues concerning the early financial formation of the republic to people who discover fiscal elements of knowledge expertise within the twenty first century. The paintings is written to be truly understood through upper-level highschool scholars, yet deals adequate intensity to entice undergraduates. furthermore, most of the people should be attracted through informative discussions of every little thing from fresh strength to what retains rates of interest low.
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We stay in an period the place snapshot is sort of every thing, the place the proliferation of brand-name tradition has created, to take one hyperbolic instance from Naomi Klein's No brand, "walking, speaking, life-sized Tommy [Hilfiger] dolls, mummified in totally branded Tommy worlds. " model identities are even flourishing on-line, she notes--and for a few outlets, might be better of all on-line: "Liberated from the real-world burdens of shops and product production, those manufacturers are loose to start, much less because the disseminators of products or prone than as collective hallucinations. "
In No emblem, Klein patiently demonstrates, step-by-step, how manufacturers became ubiquitous, not only in media and in the street yet more and more within the faculties to boot. (The controversy over advertiser-sponsored Channel One will be previous hat, yet many readers may be stunned to benefit approximately advertisements in class toilets and unique concessions at school cafeterias. ) the worldwide businesses declare to help variety, yet their model of "corporate multiculturalism" is purely meant to create extra deciding to buy techniques for shoppers. whilst Klein talks approximately how effortless it really is for shops like Wal-Mart and Blockbuster to "censor" the contents of videotapes and albums, she additionally considers the position company conglomeration performs within the method. How a lot could one anticipate Paramount images, for instance, to protest opposed to Blockbuster's rules, provided that they're either divisions of Viacom?
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References Van L. Perkins, Crisis in Agriculture: The Agriculture Adjustment Act and the New Deal, 1933, 1969. Theodore Saloutos and John D. Hicks, Agricultural Discontent in the Midwest, 1900–1939, 1951. James Shideler, Farm Crisis, 1919–1923, 1957. A G R I C U LT U R A L M A R K E T I N G A G R E E M E N T O F 1937 After the Supreme Court declared the Agricultural Adjustment Act* of 1933 unconstitutional in 1936, Congress passed the Agricultural Marketing Agreement in 1937 to reenact its marketing agreements.
Also, for the first time in its fifty-two-year history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) invoked its collective security mechanism, by which an attack on any NATO member nation is treated as an attack on them all. On September 11 at Camp David, President George W. Bush* used the phrase “war on terror” in an unscripted conversation, likening it to a “crusade” that would take some time. However, the word “crusade” carried unfortunate connotations in the Middle East; it was not used again.
Economic History 651 Selected Bibliography 667 Index 675 xxxvii Preface In 2009, as the Great Recession began, politicians, policymakers, and pundits began to scrutinize and point fingers across the aisle over what led to the economic collapse. Liberals and progressives argued that the George W. Bush administration’s lax regulation of the financial sector allowed for the subprime mortgage crisis. Fiscal conservatives alleged that the incoming Barack Obama administration’s attempt to curtail the free market and Wall Street’s autonomy would increase, rather than stop, the bleeding.
American Economic History: A Dictionary and Chronology by James S. Olson, Abraham O. Mendoza