Examine how economic development fueled the United States' evolution from 13 backwater colonies to a global power with Ed Baptist, associate professor of history, and Louis Hyman, assistant professor in the ILR School. This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) starts March 17, 2014. Register now for the free, online, interactive class.

While capitalism enjoys a global history, the United States plays a special role. Understand how the United States became the world's leading economic power, revealing lessons about what's possible in capitalism's ongoing revolution. This past decade's crises remind us just how capitalism changes, even as its basic features -- wage labor, financial markets, private property and entrepreneurs -- endure.