Economic Impacts Of The Market Revolution

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The Market Revolution was the expansion of commerce and the marketplace through the construction of roads and canals during the early nineteenth century. Such a revolution of homespun-for-self-benefit to mass production for public consumption, had a large impact on American society during the early nineteenth century, establishing itself as a significant turning point in U.S. history. Although the Market Revolution had further extended the already changing U.S. demographic and social class separation, it did so in such a drastic manner, while also bringing about significant changes in technology, transportation, and family structure. The U.S. demographic had begun to change even before the Market Revolution was well underway. Migration west of the Mississippi River had already established a flow of …show more content…
The limited transportation obstructed the possibility of interconnectedness between cities and towns in the U.S. , which also obstructed the possibility for a thriving industrial economy. Throughout the Market Revolution and years after, with the construction of canals such as the Erie Canal in New York, and the growing sizes of roads, better transportation for people and goods was made possible. Cities could transport goods to one another at a much faster rate because the new transportation was quicker and could carry more at a time. The government sponsored internal improvements such as canals and, in later years, railroads, provided exactly what was needed to increase product and demand throughout the nation. Thus, the economy and cities experienced their own substantial improvement. These economically successful cities were made possible by the hand-in-hand effort of the factory system and better transportation, which profoundly affected family structure throughout the northern

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