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William Pennock, Transportation Act, 1789

Context

This act from the General Assembly granted William Pennock a government contract for a transportation company. Having a reliable way to transport people and goods across the state is important for a healthy economy. By granting this contract, the General Assembly is ensuring it can regulate an essential service.

Citation:Statutes at large of Virginia (1619-1808), Compiled by William Waller Hening, 1809, call number KFV2425.2 1619, Manuscripts & Special Collections, The Library of Virginia, Richmond.

Standards

CE.11, CE.13

Suggested Questions

Analyze: What incentive does the government have to grant exclusive contracts?

Analyze: What are the advantages and disadvantages of this contract for consumers?

Current Connections: Can you think of any modern companies with exclusive government contracts?

In Their Shoes: Imagine you are a stage coach operator; what arguments would you make to try to convince the General Assembly to hire your company?

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