Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations


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Which of the following is TRUE of American cities in the early to mid-1800s?

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1. Based on the following chart, how did the U.S. population change between 1790-1860?

2. What role did American corporations play in the early 1800s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 1800s, the United States experienced a rapid growth in population that supplied the manpower for a surge in settlements in the West and the rise of industrialization in the East. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand other developments that contributed to the country's economic expansion during the 19th century.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Population trends during the 19th century
  • Transportation system improvements
  • The growth of cities
  • The role of corporations in economic expansion
  • Immigration trends during the 19th century

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access information regarding the economic expansion during the 1800s
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of 19th century demographics to answer questions about how population changes fostered economic growth
  • Making connections - examine how corporations changed America's economy

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on American economic expansion during the 1800s. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the effect population growth had on the American economy
  • Understand the significance of a river-based transportation system
  • Know the factors that influenced immigration
  • Understand how laws protecting corporations spurred economic growth
  • Define market economy