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  • Union Railroad And Central Pacific Railroad
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    BUILDING THE FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD From the time when locomotives first set their immense wheels onto the frigid iron of parallel rails, Americans longed for a means of transportation which would connect the separate regions of California and the Eastern states. This need for connection, fueled by manifest destiny led to the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Expansion of the railroads would have been postponed indefinitely without the unfair support the government provid...
  • Firsthand Knowledge About The Legendary Underground Railroad
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    Rachel Wood History 6 3 October 2000 Book Review- The Underground Railroad: Dramatic Firsthand Accounts of Daring Escapes to Freedom Author: Charles L. Blockson Knowing very few details concerning the Underground Railroad I felt compelled to read The Underground Railroad. Blinded by the misconceptions of many history books that my teachers reinforced through their lectures, I was determined to find out the "entire truth" of my ancestor's rigorous route to freedom. What I recall from my high scho...
  • 2 3's Of The Railroads
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    1.) How have our viewpoints on the Industrial Rev. changed relative to the viewpoints during the Reva.) European immigrants were plentiful and provided cheap labor, we were booming in comparison to Europe but we also had more people than them therefore the product per capita was down. b.) Used to think good to have huge market but instead of having to travel 00 miles, had to travel 1000 miles, etc. 2.) Explain what "railroad through" meant. a.) The people were excited about the railroads, nothin...
  • Construction Of Many Early Railroads
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    Railroads have been around for almost two hundred years. Between 1820 and 1850 the first railroads began to appear and the need for the further development became apparent. America had just gone through an era of canal making; and now with the canals not in total operation, railroads began to thrive and take jobs that would once have gone to the canals. However, it was not easy for the railroad industry to promote their innovative new mode of transportation. With vision and ingenuity, the pionee...
  • Southern Pacific Railroad
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    The Transcontinental Railroads The Transcontinental Railroad consisted of ten major railroads that together would span the distance between the East and West Coasts of the United States. The completion of these railroads brought change, both for good and bad, and had an enormous impact on the United States and other countries of the world. Without a doubt, each railroad played an important role in shaping America into the country it is today. The Great Northern Railroad was an 8,316-mile long ra...
  • Two Railroad Companies Building The Transcontinental Railroad
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    The Transcontinental Railroad and Westward Expansion Thesis: The transcontinental railroad greatly increased Westward expansion in the United States of America during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The history of the United States has been influenced by England in many ways. In the second half of the 1800's, the railroad, which was invented in England, had a major effect on Western expansion in the United States. ' Railroads were born in England, a country with dense populations, sho...
  • Only Way His Tactics
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    Robber Barons The robber barons of the early industrial age, and one modern day baron have been accused of creating monopolies over several different areas. The four barons focused upon are Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Bill Gates. They have all created monopolies over their respected industry. These monopolies eliminated all opposition and left consumers with only one choice. First off is Cornelius Vanderbilt, he built his business with the New York railways. He built ...
  • Rockefeller's Several Justifications For Monopolies
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    When you are young and even well into your adult years people will tell you there will always be somebody who is smarter, faster, happier, or better at something than you are. This is true for all periods of time but in the Gilded Age those who were better gained more and more crushing the people below them with unprecedented greed, corruption, and power. The few exploited the many by way of opportunity. Something our nation was built on, yet the avaricious elite used it for evil methods. In the...
  • Most Prominent Change In American Popular Culture
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    While studying the many aspects of popular culture; the highs and the lows, the fads and the popular trinkets of the times, I found myself looking for some distinct trend. A trend that would almost explain the urbanization and mixture of American culture into one entity as it seems today. The times came and went, the people and their goods increased and found success in various forms of business, but it all had to depend upon a central trend. There had to be something linking these people and th...
  • Sherman Anti Trust Act
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    What was the Sherman Anti-Trust Act? How was it used during the Presidency of Roosevelt? During the 19th century the emergence of what we now call the "economy" was born. Prior to 1840 there were really no such thing as "big business". The first real "big business" was the Railroad. The building of the Railroad Empire and rail lines throughout the United States drastically changed the American way of life. Due to new abilities to travel long distances and communicate at a much faster pace than b...
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt And John Pierpont Morgan
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    When people think of wealthy people today, most people think of Bill Gates or Sam Walton. However, there were people in the past whose wealth would marvel that of the richest people today. The men responsible for the creation of the word millionaire lived back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These early businessmen and entrepreneurs were some of the richest and most powerful people of their time. In fact, their wealth is equivalent to if not more than some of today's richest people. T...
  • New Inventions And Technologies
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    Since the years after American colonization, the drive of technology and technological advances has been a large part of our history. There have been society-changing inventions that have made millionaires, thriving cities, and one of the world's most advanced countries. The fore mentioned inventions and expansions include the cotton gin, the market expanding telegraph, steamboat, canals, railroads, farming advances in the steel plow and McCormick reaper. But the most impacting invention is the ...
  • Huge Business In Chicago At The Time
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    James Little Explore Mid-Term # 4 There is one reason Chicago is as big as it is today and that is the fact that it is the largest rail city in the world. The railroad made Chicago what it is today, and although the canal was very important in the history of Chicago the railroads importance out weighs it by far. The canal was important because it was the vision of the first settlers of Chicago to have an all water trade route that would go through Chicago. What those first explorers saw was a wa...
  • Nation's Farmers The Growth Of The Railroad
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    The Octopus is a stunning novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented everything they despised: consolidation, organization, conformity. But Norris idealizes no one in this epic depiction of the volatile situation, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and in their hunger for larger holdings they resorted to the same tactics used by the railroad: subversion, coercion, and out...
  • Person's Senses And Imagination
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    One evening Farquhar and his wife were near the entrance of there land when a soldier rode up and asked for a drink so Mrs. Farquhar went to get some water. Farquhar approached the dusty horseman and asked for news from the front "the Yanks are repairing the railroad,' said the man. The commander gave an order which states that any civilian caught interfering with the railroad will be hanged. When the soldier left, Farquhar approached the bridge and got caught. Now Farquhar stood upon the railro...

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