The Transcontinental Railroad Network Connected The East And West Coasts

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The Transcontinental Railroad network connected the East and the West coasts; it was completed on May 10, 1869. It increased America’s imports and exports, as well as generated a national interest in tourism; however, the construction of such project encountered a series of issues. These ranged from corruption, the reluctant choice to hire Chinese workers and environmental obstacles. Thanks to the vision of some individuals and the authorization of President Abraham Lincoln, the Transcontinental Railroad became a reality; once the project was completed it connected the entire country and increased production for both the Pacific and the Atlantic. Thirty years after the first locomotives arrived from Britain in early 1830’s, “railroads were the main carriers of wheat and freight from the Midwest to the Northeast.” Railroads proved to be effective not only in the economy but during the Civil War as well, this was the case on July 20th, 1861. The Confederate Army under the command of General Joseph Johnston for the first time in American history used railroads to move Soldiers to the Battle of the Bull Run in Manassas, this proved to be a significant factor leading to the Union Army’s first loss of in the Civil War. However, the Union Army learned from their mistakes and was vigilant with the use of Railroad Networks by confederates after the Battle of the Bull Run, leading to “[t]he symbolic end of the [Civil W]ar [which] took place in Virginia. In April 1865, Gen. Grant…

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