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Transportation and Market Revolution in the Connecticut River Valley. Trade and Commerce.

Investigations are designed to promote the analysis of local primary source documents while developing historical comprehension and chronological thinking through examination of the steamboat Barnet and it's relation to the economic growth of the United States in the 1800's.

Flatboat, South Hadley
Changing Transportation Technology

The short essay will explain the importance of the Connecticut River and how it influenced the growth of the cities and towns along its banks.

Lathrop Letter
Eye Witness Accounts

Read letter correspondences between father and son, William and Samuel Lathrop, describing the voyage of the Steamboat Barnet along the Connecticut River.

West India Goods Advertisement
Analyzing Ads & Products

Analyze newspaper ads to evaluate the changing economies in the Pioneer Valley in the early 19th Century.

Henry Clay Print
The American System

By reading a speech given by Henry Clay in 1824 and examining a period political cartoon, you will learn about the American System on a national and local level, how it was perc

Springfield Ma and CT River
Growth and Decline

Charts and an interactive map aid your understanding of the impacts of the transportation revolution.

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