First, having made it most of the way through the Berkeley "Economic History of the US" course now - I partially retract my recommendation. After the first half a dozen lectures, it kinda falls to pieces.
The *syllabus* looks fascinating. Detailed examinations of this aspect or that - neat stuff.
In practice, the professor totally ignores it, and rushes through the 18th and 19th centuries so as to have more time telling us horror stories about income inequality, why Republicans are stupid debtmongers for wanting to cut taxes when they think they see a surplus, but Democrats are smart because they want guargantuan debts in the middle of a downturn, and ...well, yeah. You get the idea.
There's a few good nuggets in there, mostly as related to the early industrialization and regional factions - but if you give it a listen, you're not really missing anything if you bow out around 1890. Pretty much everything after is the same thing you'll get on the talking head shows - hard Keynesianism, the occasional nod to the free marketers but not much of why they're wrong - just that they are - and lots of snide one liners about contemporary Red Team politicians.
It would be one thing if it was challenging to my core beliefs or something, but mostly it was just "okay, heard this argument... you're not mentioning the counter argument, but go on..... ditto.... ditto..... ditto....... meh. not much new here."
On the other hand, UC-B is giving the darn thing away, so it's not like I can complain much.
Anyhow... about done with this round for a while.