Early Road Building in U.S. History

Early Road Building in U.S. History

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Abstract

This is a case about the history of road building and maintenance in 19th-century United States. Through the use of primary sources, it introduces students to some practical lessons of historical methods and encourages them to think about comparative economic systems. Road work documents from Rockingham County in the 1830s are provided as sources that students can use to build their understanding of a 19th-century county road network.

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