First Transcontinental Railroad

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  • First Transcontinental Railroad Expansion

    and article of first necessity. The necessity of reconstruction in the country increased the urgency to expand the economy and seek solutions internally. As a consequence of all these circumstances, over the years 1865 to 1920, the country went through a process…

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  • How Did The First Transcontinental Railroad Affect Westward Expansion

    Railroad development was paramount in shaping westward expansion and urban growth from 1860 to 1890. Conversely, rapid growth of cities in eastern America eventually led to overproduction of railways based on privatized industry and government subsidies. This symbiotic relationship fueled industrialization and rapid economic recovery for a country so desperately in need. In 1860 railroads hardly expanded further west than St. Louis. Many Americans believed the west to be comprised of nothing…

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  • First Transcontinental Railroad

    The building of the first transcontinental railroad by the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad companies was a monumental feat. Plans for the first railroad had begun well before the Civil War. In fact, the Central Pacific started building east from Sacramento, California, in 1863. But the Civil War delayed progress until 1865. Then the Union Pacific started out from Omaha, Nebraska, and the two companies worked towards each other to cover almost 2000 miles. (Gilded age) And in 1869 the…

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  • How The Transcontinental Railroad Revolutionized America

    President Abraham Lincoln once said, “A railroad to the Pacific Ocean is imperatively demanded in the interests of the whole country,” (Sandler 13). Change is a necessity of life, but positive change is rare. One of these rare instances was the event that connected the coasts of the United States. The Transcontinental Railroad not only connected America, but changed America. This massive railway revolutionized America by making American life faster paced than ever before. Before any…

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  • The Urbanization And Industrialization Of The Gilded Age

    During the Gilded age, this quality is exceptionally prominent. The average American was constantly wanting to advance societies way of life. In order to accomplish this task, most of society needed to become urbanized. Urbanization leads to modernization and industrialization which are both components that make up the meaning of the Gilded Age. For the first time in America’s history, there were more people living in the cities than there were living in the countrysides. The reason being is…

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  • The Westward Expansion In The 19th Century

    change. There were four keys contributions that lead to the movement of the westward expansion. Those four are: population growth, transportation improvements, money and the slave state/free state. This was the time frame that railroads took boom. The Transcontinental Railway was the biggest railway project. The congress authorized the Pacific Railway Act which funded a railroad from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Now the railroad attracted some of the more sleazy financial geniuses.…

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  • Social And Economic Changes From 1840 To 1860

    From 1840 to 1860 the total trackage length in the US increase more than nine times. Railroads in the mid 1800s were booming across America, following them was many radical changes. One of the first evident changes was one of independence; train lines diverted traffic from water ways, this in turn made the West in addition to the South more independent from their Northeastern counterparts. Rail lines were important for expansion across the nation, thousands of people used them to move Westward.…

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  • Characteristics Of The Gilded Age

    In the first section of this paper I will briefly examine some of the characteristics of what is described as the Gilded Age in America, the period immediately following the Civil War, the phrase being derived from Twain and Dudley’s novel The Gilded Age. One of the landmark achievements of this period, around which much of the novel also revolves, is the completion of the first transcontinental railway network in the year 1869. Predicated upon this, to a large extent, is the process of…

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  • Richard Trevithick: The Man Who Started The Industrial Revolution

    most likely didn’t realize the profound affect his new invention would have on the United States. (8)(9) A new idea in a new country The history of railroads in United States is almost as old as the nation itself. Beginning in the early 1800s, this incredible country of ours prospered into one of the most profitable superpowers in the world and continues to be today. Such prosperity would have been out of reach if it were not for the railroad system. In 1812, Colonel John Stevens first pitched…

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  • 19th Century Railroad Industry Analysis

    development in the United States’ economy, and the railroad industry was a leading contributor to why. Through transportation, jobs, expansions, and other factors, the railroad industry played a primary role in the evolution of the economy. The late 1800s marked a time of growth, and railroads provided quicker, more effective ways of shipping, communication, and more. When the railroad industry surged, the economy surged, and when the railroads faltered, so did the economy. Railroad strikes and…

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