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Donald Hall, The Ox-Cart Man; The Barter Economy in Nineteenth-Century Vermont

By Sarah Rooker on January 8, 2014 in Flow of History

Grade Level: 9-12
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Historical Context
Theme: Economic and technological changes and their relation to society, ideas, and the environment
Freedom and Unity Link: A New Economy

In this activity The Ox-Cart Man provides a window into the barter economy of 1840s New England. After reading the picture book, students use evidence from a shop-keeper’s daybook to gain a deeper understanding of early New England trade.