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The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Twelfth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Examining the Evidence Activites
Chapter 14: Forging the National Economy, 1790-1860

Examining Related Evidence: Making Sense of the New World.
This internet activity is based on the Examining the Evidence feature found on page 301 of The American Pageant, Twelfth Edition. Or you can view the feature here.

Some historians argue that the history of technology is more important than political history because the changes brought about by technological innovation have a greater effect on more people. At almost the same time as Elias Howe’s invention, Cyrus McCormick revolutionized American agriculture. To learn more about McCormick’s invention go to the archives of the McCormick-International Harvester Company.

Click on Cyrus McCormick’s name in the lefthand column and read the short biography.
  1. What did McCormick invent?
  2. When did he form a company to manufacture and market his invention?
  3. The illustration at the bottom celebrates him and what other four inventors?