Edited by Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana
From the Preface:
“The Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, now in its second edition, is a resource for the study of U.S. economic development beginning with the arrival of Europeans in North America. Americans of European descent, initially within 13 British colonies on the East Coast, created the political entity of the United States. They shared land with native peoples before pushing them westward to make room for the country’s growing settlements and economy.
Although the encyclopedia contains entries explaining basic economic concepts, it is not a purely economic guide. Instead, it focuses on elements in U.S. history that had economic consequences or that were the result of economic forces. The entry on Shays’ Rebellion, for example, discusses an uprising of farmers in western Massachusetts in 1786, not long after the end of the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), when the new country was suffering from an economic depression. Armed protesters closed courthouses around the state but were eventually defeated by a state militia. Although the rebellion failed, it helped persuade the country that it needed a stronger national government with more economic powers.” (Thomas Riggs & Company)
“The second edition is a massive overhaul of the previous 2000 edition and includes 247 new entries, along with a new category entitled “Think Pieces,” which are primarily extended sections on larger topics. Two examples are Economic Development, Federal Involvement In” and “Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women.” The scope of the work is much larger than pure economics, expanding out into broader categories as law, politics, and history . . . Although the audience for this set is high-school to graduate students, it is an exceptional, interdisciplinary work that fulfills several components of the collection-development plan.”
Founded in 1995, Thomas Riggs & Company is a book developer and publisher based in Missoula, Montana.