The American Economy 1865 to the Present

This guide will provide students and researchers with an assortment of online websites on important topics on the American economy.


The origins of the United States becoming a global economy can be traced to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. New technology fueled the economy and a "super rich" class of entrepreneurs emerged in this "gilded age." By the beginning of the 20th century the United States was a major power, and with WWI looming and mobilizing for the war underway, the economy boomed.

Industrial Revolution

Girls at Weaving Machines, Evansville, IN
October 1908
(National Archives and Records Administration)

Industrial Revolution

Steam Press, Telegraph, Steamboat, Locomotive - Industrial Revolution

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Jessica Wagner Webster
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Publication Note

This Research Guide was originally created by Professor Emeritus Sandra Roff, previously Archivist of Baruch College.