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FC: Our Lives: The 19th Century through the eyes of our ancestors

1: This book was created to portray the possible emotions of the individuals living through the 19th century. To the best of my knowledge none of these individuals ever truly existed. It is sectioned by the INSPECT theory.

2: Political: Immigration Slavery Indian Removal

3: Thomas Redson: August 1850, When I received this job I never imagined it would be so difficult. All of these poor families flocking to America in hope of a better life when we can barely find room for our own. In the last 9 years alone there have been over 1.5 mil people coming to America. This is a photo I found lying on the ground after work one day. They all look so hopeful.

4: Rep. Adam Carghie January 1820, I don't know how much longer we can calmly discuss the issue of slavery. Their population is too large to be ignored. They've reached over 1 mill. individuals! The Missouri Compromise breaks our nation, and because of that Washington, into two separate parties.

5: Chief Roberts: October 1830, We have been trying for decades now to make the white people happy. We tried taking up their farming and their schooling and even their slavery techniques all in | an effort to live peacefully with them. They justify this abuse as "right of settlement" due to "right of discovery". So you discovered this land you have the right to lock its natives in cages and march them on their trail on which we cry?

6: Natural/Geographic: The Oregon Trail Louisiana Purchase

7: James Louis: May 27, 1850, We've been on the trail for a little over a month now. Already Sandy is showing signs of cholera. It scares me to think that | it's possible for my family not to make it. Though out east we truly would have no chance with such crowding. It's a real good thing we're all moving west where we'll go to California for gold. We'll make it soon enough and then my poor kids can stop worrying about such basic necessities such as food, water and waste.

8: Karl Minson: October 14, 1813, I sit finishing what I hope is my last map. I am growing very old and have made more money with the changing of our nation than many map makers ever do. I have explored our many valleys and mountains and have been ready to turn over my career when suddenly this great opportunity came up to explore the Louisiana Purchase. I can't believe that such a great piece of land such as this come up for sale. President Jefferson made the right decision buying this land for $15,000,000.

9: Economical: Panic of 1819 Railroad Systems

10: Samuel Johns: August 13, 1819, We don't know what to do now. For so long our entire country has taken for granted all our space and now it is being taken from us. Our cheap land is no longer cheap and so many of us owe the government to much money to pay back. The new comers are stuck being they can't afford the land and the government won't let them buy it on credit. How are we ever supposed to grow? For that matter when am I going to be able to sell cotton again? Without that I can't feed my family!

11: Andrew Jarsen: March 14, 1812, I'm glad we're finally getting over the cold months. They seem always so hard to bear. I stay out here missing my family risking my life each and every day with only these few papers to keep me company. All of these men are out here working all day and all night. We all believe in this transportation, and in the fact that someday things may get even easier. We found this quote by Colonel John Stevens last night in a pamphlet and it has given us new hope, it states, "I can see nothing to hinder a steam engine carriage moving on its ways with a velocity of 100 miles an hour."

12: Ideas: Women's Suffrage Second Great Awakening

13: Amanda Narsa: February 4, 1841, Today I am a woman, 22 years old, unmarried, and childless. Ten years ago I would have been considered a burden to society. Today, however I am going to buy my very first house, and this house will legally be in my name due to the fact I live in Mississippi. Just two years ago they passed a bill allowing women to do something we could only dream of for many years. No, we can't yet vote or own land anywhere else but at least this tell us that we have a chance at equality.

14: Carrie Baker: June 27, 1833, Here at home there is to be a party tonight. Not a large one, just to celebrate Father's homecoming. He's been out preaching to the West again. I still can't believe they're so open. Grandmother says that it's much as her mother told her the Great Awakening was way back in the 1700s. Grandmother tells us that the difference is the fact that now people are willing to learn new religion and hear about our God.

15: Cultural Music Town Activities

16: Elizabeth Martin: December 1835, It has been the most miraculous day ever! Father came home today with a brand new piano! Mother's voice is so grand none of us could wait to | try it out. That's when Father surprised us with his next gift! Sheet music of all of the latest songs! There was A Sailors Tear, Long, Long Ago, and Tell Him I Love Him Yet! It was so grand! We sang all night! Mother and Father agree that we will have no other Christmas presents this year but none of us care! It's the best Christmas ever!

17: Cari Jones: July 17, 1819, Even though Steve may still be out on that railroad it will not stop me from educating our children on the world. I have planned to have an activity a week, each will be out in the community. Today we will go to the zoo which is opening in town, tomorrow to the library. There is a rumor of a circus coming to town and possibly a large store full of clothes! All the activities sound so grand and I can hardly wait to watch my children learn of the world.

18: Social: Middle class -Weddings -Women Working -Breadwinner Upper Class -First Communion -Womens Place

19: Martha Johnson: April 16, 1827, It seems so strange for Mother to be home all day, not even with child. We're so very lucky that she was able to work with her sewing at home.Only a week ago at this time I would have been washing the dishes and teaching Mary her letters; now I'm writing out on the porch! Father is getting better, he is thinking that maybe he can plant again next year. He's even sent Charlie to look at the fields today! Tonight Mother, Elizabeth and I will make a feast in celebration. April 18, 1827, With Elizabeth marrying tomorrow the house has been a crazy zone. Mother has put her work aside as to make Elizabeth's dress. It's long and charcoal black. Mother says that it's nothing special, but I think it is the finest ceremony dress ever made! May 14, 1827, Mother gave me this photo for my birthday! They are so expensive and it's all I truly wanted! I thought this was the perfect safe place to keep it.

20: Samantha Davids: December 15, 1821, Today Mother told me that I would be helping to complete Amy's First Communion dress! I will be making her veil! I am thinking that I will use some of my money from the dress shop to buy her shiny material, tomorrow I will go into town and buy the cloth and decorations. She will look so pretty in all of that white! December 16, 1821, It made me sad to see all of the families at the store buying their daughters materials with all of the money that they had gathered all year. They were even trading their families food for materials, it makes me see how lucky I truly am for the life I live. WIth father being such a prosperous farmer and our crops having such a great year we can always afford the finest. January 19, 1822, I have a dangerous secret which I feel I just must tell! I want to be a writer. There are women in France right now rebelling against the common knowledge of women as house wives. It seems the very best thing to do with my life to make a difference. Maybe soon the world will change for the better1

21: My bedroom my sisters and I share. | My new book I received for Christmas. Along with these photos! | The town school house. | The new town library.

22: Technological/Scientific: Factories

23: Steven Jacobs: October 1, 1840, Today was my first day at the factory and all I felt I accomplished was stand there in utter amazement. My factory produces kitchen utensils, something you would not think of as a necessarily noisy object, yet you would be surprised! There were children there and adults alike. I never understood the significance of the invention of interchangeable parts until I arrived. I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it must have been to assemble all of those machines beforehand! Speaking of assembling, the division of labor is a great idea! Who knew that people could come together so well to create one thing!

24: David Carlson: May 20, 1840, I sat down today and really thought about all of the inventions which have shaped our generation and the generations surrounding us. It will shape our lives | and our history! Just this last year we came upon inventions such as bicycles and the year before Morse Code; in the five years prior to that we had the telegraph, the wrench, the propeller, and the ice machine. All of these men inventing things which I hope are never taken for granted. Yet at the same time I wish for future generations to be able to have ease in the tasks we once found so difficult.

25: Thinking Like A Historian: Cause and Effect: Through the changing nation every action which was performed had a tremendous effect on both their lives and the world in general. Being the United States was a new, strong power growing in the world their expansion and growth was imperative towards the world economy through their factories and gold especially. The actions changed the US every day through the new job prospects and the new technological advancements.

26: Change and Continuity: Through this Industrial Revolution many things changed. They biggest change was most likely the factories and the working class citizens lives. If you look at this from a political aspect you can tell that the way we separate ourselves was discovered at this time. If you look at this time socially we can tell the owners and rulers of the land changed from Native Americans and Spanish rule to the United States taking over.

27: Using the Past: It is a unique time in our history to be learning about the Industrial Revolution being some compare todays modern advances to this revelation in history. Today we are always discovering new, quicker, and easier ways of accomplishing tasks at hand. The ipod and cell phone for example, or the wide-spread use of the Internet. We today are discovering a new way of life much the same as our ancestors did.

28: Through Their Eyes: At this time in history people had no real grasp at their world except to know that it was always changing for the better. They seemed to have the biases that they, as Americans, were all powerful and that no one could control them.

29: Turning Points: The actions of this time affect us today in may different ways. The division of the political parties at this time is very much still in affect today with almost 2/3 of our country belonging to either the Republican or Democratic parties. Also the Indian Removal Act still causes us to keep American Indian tradition confined in Indian Reservations.

30: Works Cited Robinson, A. "A brief history of slavery in the US". Religious Tolerance. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Jan. 1999. 27 April, 2010. "Indian Removal". Africans in America. PBS. 27, April. 2010. "Introduction". Oregon Trail. 27, April. 2010.

31: "Timeline of Women's History in the US". Detailed Timeline. Women's Rights Movement. 2002. 27, April. 2010. Tubb, Benjamin. "Music 1800-1860". 25, March. 2010. 27, April. 2010. "Panic of 1819". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. 2010. 27, April. 2010.

32: Houk, Randy. "Railroad Timeline History". Railroad History. 1, April. 2003. 27, April 2010. "Second Great Awakening". U.S Department of State. America.gov. 5, April. 2008. 27, April 2010. D, Mimi. "Factories" The Factory System. 27, April. 2010. "The American Republic to 1877". Columbus: McGraw Hill Company, 2005. 304-383.

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