The Emerging America program at the Educational Collaborative, in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS), is pleased to announce a new primary source set on Economic Growth between 1800 and 1860 including the Industrial, Market and Transportation Revolutions! The following primary source set and resources were compiled to illustrate economic growth in both the northern and southern United States between 1800 and 1860. Such areas as industry, the market economy, and transportation, are included in the set. The set represents a unique period of time prior to the mass influx of industrialization during the 1860s and serves as a precursor to additional study of the later Industrial Revolution. Completing the set are two exhibits featuring the Industrial Revolution, including one produced as a part of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services entitled Steamboat Barnet. The exhibit features an interactive presentation of materials including “classrooms” for student exploration and teacher resources such as background materials, relevant frameworks, and lesson plans. Students can enter into “classrooms” based on topics such as advertising and products, transportation, and the American system. An extensive annotated list of characters from the period is included and could be used as a source for a biography project.
Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.