US Gross Domestic Product 1850-1939

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"Democratic" includes Democratic-Republican Party; "Republican" includes Whig Party and Federalists



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Below is a formatted version of the dataset displayed in the chart. Included is a column of nominal or chained GDP for each year charted.

US Gross Domestic Product
Years 1850 to 1939
Year
18502.581
18512.724
18523.066
18533.311
18543.713
18553.975
18564.047
18574.18
18584.093
18594.425
18604.387
18614.643
18625.844
18637.698
18649.549
18659.977
18669.081
18678.424
18688.224
18697.921
18707.812
18717.665
18728.309
18738.837
18748.563
18758.239
18768.388
18778.604
18788.46
18799.449
188010.462
188111.74
188212.331
188312.435
188411.896
188511.705
188612.297
188713.273
188814
188913.987
189015.223
189115.558
189216.514
189315.566
189414.28
189515.754
189615.643
189716.309
189818.263
189919.694
190020.766
190122.484
190224.294
190326.18
190425.928
190529.066
190631.336
190734.178
190830.423
190932.54
191033.746
191134.675
191237.745
191339.517
191436.831
191539.048
191650.117
191760.278
191876.567
191979.09
192089.246
192174.314
192274.14
192386.238
192487.786
192591.449
192697.885
192796.466
192898.305
1929104.6
193092.2
193177.4
193259.5
193357.2
193466.8
193574.2
193684.8
193793
193887.4
193993.4

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1929-1939: “A Decade that will live — in stupidity.”

Why Stuck on Stupid?

Seventy years ago the leaders of both US political parties turned away from the policies that had created an economic powerhouse we call the Roaring Twenties. For ten long years Americans suffered through wrenching economic dislocations: deflation, inflation, a four-year economic contraction, endless unemployment, mindless political experiments, and ruthless attacks on businessmen for political gain as their leaders stayed Stuck on Stupid.

Today, after a twenty-five year economic boom, Americans are once more faced with a political elite that wants to monkey with success. It wants to raise tax rates. It wants to restrict trade. It wants to increase government power.

It’s time to look back and remind ourselves how it came to be, starting in 1929, that America got itself Stuck on Stupid. Otherwise it could happen again.

 — Christopher Chantrill

 

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