BLS 380: Risk & Reward: Entrepreneurship in American History

Entrepreneurs have been present at every stage of American economic development.  These innovators and risk-takers capitalized on the political, economic, social and cultural resources of their time to envision new markets and new products.  From Prince Henry of Portugal in the Age of Exploration to Steve Jobs in the Digital Age, this class will examine entrepreneurs who shaped the contours of the American economy from the first transatlantic trade routes to the first home computer.  In turn, we will use the lens of entrepreneurship to broadly trace the history of American capitalism from a continent of Indian tribes to string of coastal colonies to a commercial, industrial, financial, global and digital world power.