CategoriesJune 14, 2021
Video: Jonathan Levy on Ages of American Capitalism
Video is now available from our recent New Book Salon with Jonathan Levy. He discussed his recent book, Ages of American Capitalism: A History of the United States (Random House, 2021) with Emma Rothschild of Harvard’s Joint Center for History and Economics in a conversation moderated by Joel Isaac.
Today, in the midst of a new economic crisis and severe political discord, the nature of capitalism in United States is at a crossroads. Since the market crash and Great Recession of 2008, historian Jonathan Levy has been teaching a course to help his students understand everything that had happened to reach that disaster and the current state of the economy, but in doing so he discovered something more fundamental about American history. Now, in an ambitious single-volume history of the United States, he reveals how, from the beginning of U.S. history to the present, capitalism in America has evolved through four distinct ages and how the country’s economic evolution is inseparable from the nature of American life itself.