Teacher Lesson Ideas

South Carolina and the Canal

8th grade students of South Carolina History often hear about the influence of “King Cotton” on the state’s history and in this lesson they learn how it influenced transportation.  As settlers move west across the state of South Carolina they found difficulty in transporting their agricultural products to the ports and markets of the east coast.  Internal improvements such as roads, canals, and eventually railroads made moving goods easier.  Students will see images of canals from contemporary photographs and from the Columbia Museum of Art to learn how being able to navigate the waterways made life easier, and crops more profitable for farmers.  They will then talk about the internal improvements that make their life easier today.

Jan Hammond
Northside Middle School
2004 Midlands Institute

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