Turnpike In The 19th Century

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Once independence was declared in 1776, the balancing of laws between local, state, and federal governments threatened the welfare of the people and the economy. To gain balance, we wrote the Articles of Confederation and a second constitution, but this wasn’t enough to settle the power being fought over. The division of responsibility was something we debated over since the late 18th centuries and it eventually shows how our economy is shaped around the government. Local, state, and national government demonstrates the growth of the economy by court decisions and legislation in the early 19th century America. The local government created the toll road, also known as the turnpike. When on the turnpike, you have to pay thirty cents per mile whenever you get off at your exit. This improves the economy because if you didn’t want to pay thirty cents per mile, you could go on the shunpike, which is the free route. The bad part about the shunpike is that it is a bumpy and muddy road that takes an act of god to pull your cart through, especially in the pouring rain, so people generally chose to pay thirty cents per mile and take the turnpike. This improves economy because by providing a crappy second option, people have only one choice but to pick paying to go places. Spending creates increase in the…show more content…
The big ones were in Cumberland, Maryland, Wheeling, Virginia, and Vandelia, Illinois. A big one for economy and government on the national level is banking. The first and second banks of the United States (BUS) were chartered by Congess in 1816, and to finish off economic growth in the US was the patent office, beginning in 1790. So many other things like court cases and the tariff of 1816 and 1828 influence economy through the federal government and even though out economy isn’t the best now, all these examples would’ve left us with no economy at all. Without them, we’d be worse off than we are
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