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South Carolina Transportation: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

In this lesson, students learn about transportation in the South before and during the advent of the railroad. Before the railroads, transportation was slow and dangerous. After the railroads were constructed, moving from place to place was much easier and safer. Additionally, the railroads allowed for greater distribution of the South's primary agricultural exports such as cotton and tobacco. In this lesson, students will learn about various modes of transportation and are asked to understand the impact of the railroads on the lives of South Carolinians in the 19th century.

Jan Rampey
North Springs Elementary, SC
2005 Midlands Institute

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