Where Is There Consensus Among American Economic Historians? The Results of a Survey on Forty Propositions

  title={Where Is There Consensus Among American Economic Historians? The Results of a Survey on Forty Propositions},
  author={Robert M. Whaples},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={139 - 154}
  • Robert M. Whaples
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Economic History
This article examines where consensus does and does not exist among American economic historians by analyzing the results of a questionnaire mailed to 178 randomly selected members of the Economic History Association. The questions address many of the important debates in American economic history. The answers show consensus on a number of issues, but substantial disagreement in many areas—including the causes of the Great Depression and the aftermath of emancipation. They also expose some… 

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