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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 3. Analyze the influence of industrialization and technological developments on society in the United States before 1877

Objective a. Describe changes in land and water transportation, including the expanding network of roads, canals, and railroads, and their impact on the economy and settlement patterns

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Assuming the role of wealthy 19th century investors, students will select one mode of transportation to invest in and then write a letter justifying this choice.