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Breaking Barriers: The Locomotive

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This collection includes objects and resources related to transportation in the 19th century. The locomotive train broke barriers on transportation in the early 1800s. Travel was suddenly much faster than it used to be - the trip from New York to Boston, which by carriage would have been a day and a half, with the train was now less than a day. This allowed for easier travel not only of people, but of supplies such as food and raw goods, which helped in turn spur industry in the 19th century. Additional resources on this topic can be found by visiting the National Museum of American History's online exhibitions at AmericanHistory.si.edu and History Explorer at HistoryExplorer.si.edu

Each National History Day collection from the National Museum of American History includes selected resources to support NHD projects under the 2020 theme - Breaking Barriers. This collection is by no means comprehensive, but should be used as a place of inspiration for new projects or source of additional information for ones already in the works. For grades 9-12.

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Locomotive CCNJ

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Steam Locomotive, John Bull

National Museum of American History

Transportation in America Before 1876

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Jupiter, Steam Locomotive

National Museum of American History

American Railroads in the 20th Century

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Locomotives in Warfare

NMAH Education

The Antebellum Army

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Impact on Industry

NMAH Education

The Northern Pacific Railroad Company...

National Museum of American History

Union Pacific System

National Museum of American History

Railroad Watch

National Museum of American History

Delivering the Goods

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Railroad Track Signal

National Museum of American History

Who Does This Impact?

NMAH Education

Erie Railroad

Smithsonian American Art Museum

3c Transcontinental Railroad single

National Postal Museum

Locomotives, Jersey City

Smithsonian American Art Museum