This fall the economics program is offering a new course in US Economic History. No prior knowledge of economics or US History is needed. This introduction to economic history will use the tools of economics to explore questions in US history. What were the cost/benefits of the colonists declaring independence from England? Would slavery have died without a Civil War? What were the true causes of the Great Depression? What were the causes of the Great Recession from just a couple years ago? Using basic economics can allow us to view these question and many more in a different light. This class is open to all students.