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The Time of the Lincolns

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A Rising Nation

Abraham Lincoln grew up on the undeveloped Northern frontier. Mary Todd was born in comfortable urban surroundings in the South. During their lifetimes, dramatic technological innovations and massive industrial development transformed the nation's economy.

On the Eve of War
A map of the nation's emerging industrial areas and ongoing agricultural centers highlights regional differences in the American economy.

On the Eve of War
Wage Slavery

Wage Slavery
Were Northern factory workers worse off than slaves?

Technology Gallery
Mechanical and other improvements made farming, travel, communication, and manufacturing more efficient.

Technology Gallery

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