This AP US History-style DBQ (Document-based Question) includes 7 primary and secondary source documents for student analysis, in response to the prompt, "Analyze the effects of the Market Revolution that occurred in the United States between 1790-1860."
The documents include short excerpts from:
*patent for the cotton gin
*Ann Carson, businesswoman, memoir, 1810
*New York Daily Tribune article about telegraph, 1844
*Ernest Hagen, skilled cabinet-maker, memoir, 1858
*Association of American Railroads, pamphlet showing growth of railroads between 1830-1850, 1951
*secondary source: Erie Canal
*secondary source: postal service
The file includes the DBQ in both Microsoft Word (editable) or PDF (non-editable) format.
This DBQ is appropriate for 9th-12th graders in an AP US History class. It aligns with College Board standards 4.2 I ABC and 4.2 II ABC in illustration of Key Concept 4.2: Innovations in technology, agriculture, and commerce powerfully accelerated the American economy, precipitating profound changes to US society and to national and regional identities.
Keywords: APUSH, AP US History, canals, cotton gin, DBQ, historical thinking skills, historical writing, industrialization, market revolution, railroads, telegraph.