Chapter 14: Forging the National Economy: 1790-1860 Focus Question “In the period 1815 to 1860, improvements in transportation and increased inter-regional trade should have united Americans, but instead led to sectional divisions and finally disunion.” Analyze this statement with reference to the impact of improved transportation and increased inter-regional trade on the Northeast, the South, and the West.
Describe the growth and movement of America’s population in the early nineteenth century.
Describe the largely German and Irish wave of immigration beginning in the 1830s and the reactions it provoked among native Americans.
Explain why America was relatively slow to embrace the industrial revolution and the factory.
Describe the early development of the factory system and Eli Whitney’s system of interchangeable parts.
Outline early industrialism’s effects on workers, including women and children.