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The Rise of Capitalism
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Individual enterprise merges with technological innovation to launch the Commercial Revolution -- the seedbed of American industry.
Key Events

American Capitalism, 1776 to 1848.


The growth of American industry and transportation.


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The economic transformation of America in the early 1800s was linked to dramatic changes in transportation networks. Investments in roads, turnpikes, canals, and railroads led to the expansion of markets, facilitated the movement of peoples, and altered t

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