Market Revolution Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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Teach your students about the Market Revolution and First Industrial Revolution in the 1800s in the United States. Great resource for American history teachers. Students will learn about economic development in the early republic days of the United States which includes the transportation revolution, communications revolution, and internal improvements like railroads, canals, and steamships.

This a a great PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Otherwise, you can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

Content in PPT includes:

  • First Industrial Revolution
  • Market Revolution
  • Early economic development
  • Transportation Revolution
  • Internal Improvements (railroads, canals, steamships)
  • Communications Revolution
  • Telegraph
  • Growth of cities
  • Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin
  • Lowell Mill Towns
  • Changes in gender roles
  • Immigration (Irish, Germans, Jews)
  • Nativism
  • American Party (Know Nothing Party)
  • and more!

This presentation concentrates the economic growth in the United States after the War of 1812. It shows how the U.S. developed quickly and continued to expand to the west. It shows how innovations such as the telegraph and the cotton gin transformed the way Americans lived, good and bad. This is an important part in American history.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events. Some discussion questions are included in some of the slides.
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th


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