This video is a classroom demonstration of Lesson 10: Rising Living Standards in the New Nation from CEE’s Understanding Economics in U.S. History publication. In this lesson the students participate in a simulation that demonstrates an increase in productivity. They discuss ways in which productivity can be increased; then they learn how technology, exemplified by Eli Whitney’s cotton gin (1793), increased productivity in cotton, which in turn had widespread effects on many aspects of American society early in the nineteenth century.
The video starts with an introduction of an educator describing how she teaches the lesson, followed by a demonstration of the lesson being taught to students in the classroom.
This lesson was originally published in CEE’s Understanding Economics in U.S. History, which uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students through 39 lessons. Visit the CEE Store for more information about the publication and how to purchase it.