Grade Level: 4-8, 9-12 (adaptable)

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.