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How did railroad and trains changed America?
Transcript of How did railroad and trains changed America?
Economy The Transcontinental Railroad created a Nationwide transportation network that united the Nation. This network replaced the wagon trains of previous decades which became useless. It allowed for the transportation of larger quantities of goods over longer distances. This was especially helpful for the industrial north at the time. While the nation was still divided due to the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad helped unify the nation eventually making it a super power. Commerce increased between the states allowing over 50 million dollars worth of cargo to be shipped every year from 1869-1879. Goods from Asia and raw materials from the West were shipped to the East faster than ever. The West began to catch up with the Eastern way of life as many more people could now move west and the products of the manufacturing boom were shipped to the West. Negative The only negative effects that i can think of would be that it definitely polluted our environment, and that it took a lot of money away from the country's budget to build railroads and purchase and produce locomotives. Resources People The Americans
2008 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company