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A Biography of America

The Rise of Capitalism – Key Events

1776

Publication of The Wealth of Nations

1793

Slater Mill built

1820s

Lowell Mills built

1825

Erie Canal opened

1830

First railroad in U.S. (Baltimore and Ohio)

Plans for city of Chicago laid out

1831

McCormick invents the reaper

1834

Women workers strike at Lowell textile mills

1848

Illinois and Michigan Canal opens

Units