During the 1790s, in the years after the American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton, the country's new secretary of the treasury, emphasized tariffs as a means of both paying the national debt and protecting America's fledgling industries.
This resource explains how tariffs work, and addresses the differences between revenue tariffs and protective tariffs. The resource includes a series of questions based on the reading, as well as a short PowerPoint teachers can use during class discussion.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the passage
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
For those seeking distance learning options, the assignment can be easily converted to a digital activity using Google Slides.
Given the recent news regarding tariffs between the United States and other countries, this resource is particularly relevant.
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