In the 19th century, huge investments were made in transportation improvements in the United States.
The entire nation benefitted from the building of the railroads, but large Federal land grants enabled some to gain tremendous profits.
- land speculation
- land grants
- internal improvements
- alternate sections
Performance objectives -- this lesson focuses on developing skills at:
- Comparing opposing views on the issue of land grants
- Analyzing an advertisement encouraging settlement in the West
- Summarizing opinions about railroad land promotion in a short essay
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