Lesson 1: The Lathrop Letters – Students will closely read letters written by William Lathrop to his father, Samuel Lathrop, serving in the Congress, describing the voyage of the Steamboat Barnet along the Connecticut River. Students will make connections between the Barnet’s historic voyage and the economic development brought about by the Transportation Revolution.
Lesson 2: Goods and Services for Sale – In this lesson, students will analyze newspaper advertisements to evaluate the changing economies in the Pioneer Valley in the early 19th Century. Students will then examine photographs of consumer goods manufactured in the Valley throughout the Pioneer Valley, and come to conclusions about the role of manufacturing and the Transportation Revolution in Springfield and the surrounding communities.
Lesson 4: Life on the River Banks – This lesson uses charts and an interactive to help students understand the impact of the transportation revolution. These tools will help students see the growth and decline of different cities, recognize the various transportation routes, and compare the costs of various modes of transportation.