As the need of human transportation and various forms of cargo began to rise in the United States of America, a group of railroads with terminal connections along the way began to form across the land mass of this country, ending with the result of one of the most influential innovations in American history, allowing trade to flow easily from location to location, and a fast form of transportation, named the Transcontinental Railroad.
America at this time consisted of overland travel and ocean travel. The journey all the way across the continent by land was risky and extremely difficult. It consisted of passing over mountains, plains, rivers and deserts. It also was a very timely process. In ocean travel, each ship would have to take the
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The people of Irish and Chinese decent compromised more than 80 percent of the building population. The head workers were extremely impressed by the work ethic from the Chinese. They were the ones blowing up parts of mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada to finish the line of railroad. They risked their lives every day ancompleted a record of 10 miles of track in only 12 hours. Although their impressive work paid off, they were also victims of extreme racial discrimination. They were not even able to receive full citizenship, although they still had to pay taxes. Irish settlers from the eastern seaboard were a large help when it came to the construction of the railroad. They were less discriminated against, and also received more pay from the government. This was due to a large number of Irish settlers also being veterans from the civil war. Even though they were being paid more and received less discrimination, they were being paid a very small amount for the long and dangerous work they did every day. The Irish workers were attacked by Native American populations feeling threatened by immigration. The Mormons also played a role in the completion of the railroad. They wanted to see the railroad reach Salt Lake City, Utah, hoping to spread the belief of Mormonism from location to location. Near the end of construction, more than 1,000 miles