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Constant Change

To understand American business history, follow the trends. See how America was settled over time, how people moved from farms to cities, how gross national product grew, how stocks went up and down, and how income was distributed. One thing is certain: in business, things constantly change.

Income, Household Expenses, and U.S. Labor

Wealth, Poverty, and U.S. Government Spending

Transportation, Communication, and U.S. Production

Stock Markets, U.S. Finance, and the Great Depression

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)