Railroads and Their Rising Impact on the 19th Century American Society

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The nineteenth century America was a period of history following a number of long lasting wars and also a whole new start to new changes in society. With the collapse of multiple nations that were in contact towards the United States, it paved the way for the growing influence and development for the United States, spurring military imperialism and conflicts, and advances in scientific exploration and technologies. Because of the ideas and resources that were began to spread, develop and flourish in areas of the western hemisphere, the nineteenth century also saw opportunities in construction, communication, and in particular the transportation systems. But as different aspects of society began to improve and that more and more freedom were in the hands of the citizens and government, the competitive market not only expanded in profit and wealth, but simultaneously faced minor conflicts due to the abuse of their rights and property. Because of the rise of new technological advancements and resources, railroads in the 19th century American society quickly boomed cities and came across as the most dominant source of transportation, as it predominantly played a role in the expansion of industry across the United States. Also, it was a movement most efficient in creating their own monopoly and was quickly adopted by many other countries that sought influence. In order to detail the rise of railroads throughout this era of technological boom, it is important to understand the Industrial Revolution, which was the start of this success; it paved the way for major changes in the modern society we live in today. This is the period between the 18th and 19th centuries when major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportatio... ... middle of paper ... .... 28 Feb. 2011. American/Transportation_In_the_19th_Century-32139.htm>. Ophem, Marieke Van. "The Iron Horse: the impact of the railroads on 19th century American society." From Revolution to Reconstruction. University of Groningen, 14 Sept. 2010. Web. 28 Feb. 2011. . Pette, Jack, and Roger Hensley. "19th Century Trains ." Angel Fire . Art Today , 2001. Web. 28 Feb. 2011. . Scheiber, H., H. Vatter, and H. Underwood Faulkner. American Economic History. New York : Harper & Row , 1976. Print. WriteWork. "The 19th Century 'Railroad Boom.'" WriteWork . N.p., 1 May 2003. Web. 28 Feb. 2011. .

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  • Explains that the nineteenth century america was a period of history following long lasting wars and new start to new changes in society.
  • Explains that the industrial revolution paved the way for major changes in the modern society.
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