The Illinois & Michigan Canal

Today we discussed the I&M Canal and it’s impact on Chicago, Illinois, and the American West. The following notes and videos were used in class today.

http://www.history.com/shows/how-the-states-got-their-shapes/videos/how-illinois-got-its-shape

At the close of class, we also wrote a letter to our families back in Ireland. As the I&M was built largely by Irish (and by Irish around here!), we listened to a great song about the Irish on the I&M and considered the perspective of those of those building the world’s longest canal.

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