This period follows the nation's regional development in the West, Northeast, and South. Students will analyze the influence of the West on the politics, economy, and culture of the nation.
The Industrial Revolution in the Northeast during this period had repercussions throughout the nation. Inventions between the turn of the century and 1850 transformed manufacturing, transportation, mining, communications, and agriculture and changed the lives of people. Students should investigate and draw conclusions about these transformations.
During this period, the South veered away from the democratic and reform movements taking place in other parts of the United States. Students will recognize and evaluate the peculiar institution of slavery and its dramatic effects on the South's political, social, economic, and cultural development and its relationship with other areas of the United States.