The Erie Canal: Impact on People and Cities

July 2007

Students use information from primary documents to describe the social and economic community in Utica after the opening of the Erie Canal. Erie Canal Cover

Learning Goals: 
Learn how the lives of individuals are rooted in specific places and within a specific time frame
Understand the historic development of a canal city and the economic and geographic factors that shape urban growth
Write an essay describing the businesses, the trades, and the community in Utica, New York, after the Erie Canal was built
17 (teacher guide - 7; student DBQ - 10)