The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads


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Which best describes the federal government's position on building transportation networks?

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1. What was the Clermont?


Which were hindrances to building railroads in the early 19th century?

I. Turnpike operators opposed it.

II. Canal building had sapped state funds.

III. Passengers were scared to ride on trains.

IV. The Panic of 1837 limited private funding.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study materials will help you gauge your understanding of the transportation revolution during the nineteenth century. You will be assessed on your knowledge of the transportation changes that occurred during this period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The federal government's position on building transportation networks
  • Canals and their importance during the early 19th century
  • Railroads and their role in the latter part of the century
  • The Clermont
  • The problems railroad expansion faced

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can pull out the most important information about the transportation revolution from the lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply what you've learned about this period to examine the advancement of transportation in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the transportation revolution
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the changes that occurred to answer questions about the rise of canals and railroads

Additional Learning

To learn more about the transportation revolution, review the lesson the Transportation Revolution in U.S. History. The lesson has the following objectives:

  • Explain what the transportation revolution was
  • Discuss the importance of the building of certain dams and canals, such as the Erie Canal
  • Explore the importance of the National Road
  • Understand how much transportation grew and changed by the mid-nineteenth century