The early 1800s were a time of great changes in the United States. While the cities of the Northeast became the centers of trade and manufacturing for the young nation, a plantation economy based on slavery took firm hold in the South. Meanwhile, more and more Americans began to move into the western territories. As new states were added to the Union, the people of the West began to have more and more influence on American life and politics.
At the same time that sectional differences were developing, technological improvements in transportation and communication worked to bring the people of the different sections closer together. These improvements made it easier to send messages, ship goods, and transport people.
How did people live in the different sections of the young nation?
What did the people of the different sections want from the government?
What improvements were made in transportation and communication?