See the U.S.A.!

In 1800-1850...

Get ready to hit the road!

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Pack your bags....we're taking a little (historical) road trip! This week, you and a partner will design a road trip to explore what kind of country the United States is shaping up to be in the early 1800s. As you plan your trip, you will focus on one of the following questions:


  • What forces contributed to a sense of nationalism between 1800 and 1850?
  • What forces exacerbated regional differences instead?

Your Task

Before you set off on your adventure, you will be assigned a specific historical topic from the period circa 1800-1850. Plan your road trip by selection at least 5-7 places to visit. These places might be the site of major events occurred, home to important historical figures, or representative of a bigger geographic region. As you consider which places to visit, consider both:

  1. Does this place highlight a key developments related to my assigned topic?
  2. Does this place illustrate either the growth of nationalsim or the strengthening of regional differences? (Topics will illustrate one or the other.)


Illustrate your trip by creating map(s) and composing an itinerary of all of your stops. Each entry in your itinerary should include a brief description of:

  1. what we would see there (evidence)
  2. how it illustrates either nationalism or regional differences (analysis)
As always, err on the side of more analysis and less description...


You will use portions of Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 11 in your textbook, depending upon your topic. I also recommend that you consult some of the other APUSH textbooks found in your classroom and that you visit the website linked below, USHistory.org. Please keep track of any URLs that you use to gather information or images online; these should be listed in a section at the end of your project.

Share Your Trip!

Bring your classmates along for the ride by creating either a Google Tour, using Google Tour Builder, or an electronic flyer, using Smore. Other students will need to view your itinerary on their own and gather enough information about your topic that they could develop a thesis and write an essay about national vs. regional identities between 1800 and 1850.

A Few More Things...

  • Edit, edit, edit: Provide 1-2 sentences of description and 3-4 sentences of analysis per stop; think of your whole trip as one body paragraph
  • Introduce your trip: Include a brief introduction to your project; think of this as a topic sentence, not a thesis
  • Cite your sources: Include URLs for your visuals and full Chicago citations significant outside sources at the end of your project
Mrs. Sloan's Students: Please post a URL to your final project on the above Group and Topic Assignments document. Your project should be finished by the start of class on Monday.