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The Early Industrialization of America


This Jackdaw offers students a story of ingenuity and daring; of exploitation and reward, as America struggled for economic independence and political stability through industrialization. Hands-on documents and historical illustrations — steam engine and grist mill plans, early mill regulations and wages, letters of Samuel Slater and Eli Whitney — plus classroom-size maps of the canal and railroad systems and a photo-poster on the “Contributions to Technology” all add to students’ understanding of this exciting era. Historians: Miriam Butts and Patricia Heard. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Patriotism with Profit
  • Dollars and Sense
  • Many Revolutions
  • Bone and Sinew
  • Web of Communications
Historical Documents
  • Agreement to the Incorporation of the Middlesex Canal, 1793.
  • Letter from Samuel Slater to his employer, William Almy, August 19, 1795.
  • Oliver Evan’s design for a fully-automated grist mill, 1794, and his Columbian Steam Engine, 1804.
  • Letter from Eli Whitney to Decius Wadsworth, Commissary of Ordinance, August 9, 1814.
  • Two pages from the Thomas Hurd Mill Wages Book of 1827.
  • Amoskeag Mill Regulations, Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Mechanic’s certificate awarded to Amos Dow by the Amoskeag Mills.
  • Broadside, “Enlarge the Canals!” probably New York, 1832.
  • Maps showing the principal canals, railroads and highways in 1840 and 1860.
  • “Steamship Savannah/The First Ocean Steamer,” from “Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion,” Boston, May 20, 1854.
  • Certificate for nine shares of stock in the California Petroleum Company, 1865.
  • “Contributions to Technology” a picture sheet.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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