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ESSENTIAL QUESTION: 5.3 million Population Growth from 1620 to 1860.

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3 5.3 million Population Growth from 1620 to 1860





8 City growth Westward expansion Growth of cities and states by 1850



11 Sources of Immigration,

12 Sources of Immigration,

13 Settlements of Immigrants Irish in Northeastern cities: New York and Boston Germans would settle in Midwest

14 American View of the Irish Immigrant

15 Know- Nothing Party: The Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner Know- Nothing Party: The Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner


17 First Turnpike Lancaster, PA By 1832, nearly 2400 mi. of road connected most major cities.

18 Cumberland (National Road),

19 Erie Canal System Begun in 1817; completed in 1825

20 Robert Fulton & the Steamboat 1807: The Clermont

21 Principal Canals in 1840

22 Inland Freight Rates

23 Clipper Ships

24 The Iron Horse Wins! (1830) miles of track built by Baltimore & Ohio RR By mi. of RR track [ ,000 mi.]

25 The Railroad Revolution, 1850s p Immigrant labor built the No. RRs. p Slave labor built the So. RRs.

26 Map rr


28 Resourcefulness & Experimentation p Americans were willing to try anything. p They were first copiers, then innovators patents were approved , ,357

29 Eli Whitneys Cotton Gin, 1791 Actually invented by a slave!

30 Eli Whitneys Gun Factory Interchangeable Parts Rifle (1825)

31 Oliver Evans First prototype of the locomotive First automated flour mill

32 John Deere & the Steel Plow (1837)

33 Cyrus McCormick & the Mechanical Reaper: 1831

34 Samuel F. B. Morse 1840 – Telegraph

35 Cyrus Field & the Transatlantic Cable, 1858

36 Elias Howe & Isaac Singer 1840s Sewing Machine

37 z They all regarded material advance as the natural fruit of American republicanism & proof of the countrys virtue and promise. The American Dream A German visitor in the 1840s, Friedrich List, observed: Anything new is quickly introduced here, including all of the latest inventions. There is no clinging to old ways. The moment an American hears the wordinvention, he pricks up his ears.


39 Creating a Business-Friendly Climate Supreme Court Rulings: *Fletcher v. Peck Peck (1810) *Dartmouth v. Woodward Woodward (1819) *McCulloch v. Maryland Maryland (1819) *Gibbons v. Ogden Ogden (1824) *Charles Rivers Bridge v. Warren Bridge Bridge (1835) General Incorporation Law passed in New York, Laissez faire BUT, govt. did much to assist capitalism!

40 Distribution of Wealth v During the American Revolution, 45% of all wealth in the top 10% of the population. v 1845 Boston top 4% owned over 65% of the wealth. v 1860 Philadelphia top 1% owned over 50% of the wealth. v The gap between rich and poor was widening!

41 Polarization of Wealth in the 20 c

42 Samuel Slater (Father of the Factory System)

43 The Lowell/Waltham System Francis Cabot Lowells town

44 Lowell in 1850

45 Lowell Mill

46 Early Textile Mill Loom Floor

47 Early Textile Loom

48 New England Textile Centers: 1830s

49 New England Dominance in Textiles

50 Starting for Lowell

51 Lowell Girls What was their typical profile?

52 Lowell Boarding Houses What was boardinghouse life like?

53 Lowell Mills Time Table

54 EarlyUnion Newsletter

55 The Factory Girls Garland February 20, 1845 issue.

56 Im a Factory Girl Filled with Wishes I'm a factory girl Everyday filled with fear From breathing in the poison air Wishing for windows! I'm a factory girl Tired from the 13 hours of wok each day And we have such low pay Wishing for shorten work times! I'm a factory girl Never having enough time to eat Nor to rest my feet Wishing for more free time! I'm a factory girl Sick of all this harsh conditions Making me want to sign the petition! So do what I ask for because I am a factory girl And I'm hereby speaking for all the rest!

57 Irish Immigrant Girls at Lowell

58 The Early Union Movement Workingmans Party (1829) * Founded by Robert Dale Owen and others in New York City. Early unions were usually local, social, and weak. Commonwealth v. Hunt (1842). Worker political parties were ineffective until the post-Civil War period.


60 Regional Specialization EAST Industrial SOUTH Cotton & Slavery WEST The Nations Breadbasket

61 American Population Centers in 1820

62 American Population Centers in 1860

63 Changing Occupation Distributions:


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