List of recessions in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of recessions in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.A crowd of several tens of men tries to enter the building through a narrow door. The men wear top hats. At the foreground, a small boy sells newspapers.

In the course of my current research, I frequently encounter information about the boom and bust cycles of the American economy at the end of the 19th century, and it never ceases to impress me how many recessions there have been in the US.   There were frequent “panics” and profound recessions throughout the end of the century, for reasons which I’m sure many historians and economists have devoted significant ink.  For my work, I’m less interested in the causes than in the literary/cultural responses. But either way, from our current standpoint, I think it’s worth thinking about how often we been in the soup.

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