19th Century Transportation and Economics in America

May 3rd, 2006 by Adam

During an upcoming lecture for the Alton Historical Society, Dr. Trent Boggess, chair of the business department at Plymouth State University, will examine the ways transportation improvements and inventions changed the way America did business during the 1800s. His talk, “Transportation and Regional Specialization in America, 1800 – 1860,” is part of the historical society’s annual lecture series and will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Gilman Library on Main Street in Alton.

Boggess will explore the regional economic specialization that occurred in the United States as a result of new and better forms of transportation developed during the early 19th century. For example, with the help of railroad transportation, the Northeast region could specialize in manufacturing, while the South concentrated on producing raw materials and the Midwest supplied foodstuffs.

Boggess has been a professor of economics in the business department and MBA graduate program at Plymouth State University since 1983. He has had an interest in antique cars, particularly Fords, for over 30 years, and is a member of the Model T Ford Club of America, The Model T Ford Club International and the Henry Ford Heritage Association. He owns six antique Fords, and is currently working on a series of research articles documenting the Model T Ford’s development process.

Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships is currently working with the Alton Historical Society to preserve an historic freight building in Alton, in order to create a transportation museum focused on transportation history in the Lakes Region and central New Hampshire.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.