How did railroads impact America after the Civil War? Throughout history, transportation has helped move people and materials around in civilizations. Transportation has enabled the growth of cities and has further increased the development of complex societies. A method of transportation widely used is the system of railroads; before cars and airplanes became popular, trains dominated passenger and freight services due to their simplicity and business versatility.
The Industrial Revolution was an increase in machinery that helped to produce goods within the textile industry. It started in England in the 1700’s. Beginning in the middle of the eighteenth century, machines did this and other jobs as well. It also greatly improved farming methods. The Industrial Revolution began because England is abundant in natural resources, people left to that area for jobs, and inventions made it easier to perform those jobs.
The Clock’s Impact The invention of the clock helped to bring a massive change not only in America but other countries around the world. However, it was not until the Industrial Revolution that they began to receive popularity due to its efficiency in being able to tell when the steam train would arrive. In class, we talked about the influence trains had on time and how it impacted people to direct their schedule according to the change in time rather than looking up to the sun.
Around 1000 to 1300, much of the negative aspects of the Dark Age began to deplete, “the economy of Europe developed and prospered. Available farmland tripled...bringing up the population” (Doc 2). Life began to turn around for the medieval society, their economy began its path to restoration and the advancements of farming led to larger populations. Farming communities were now more efficient thanks to the “Technological improvements like the heavy plow...”
Although there might be some evidence that Capitalism helped improve the lives of the British people from 1760-1880, it mostly caused them hardship and pain. During the industrial revolution, the idea of capitalism began to expand across Britain and several job opportunities became available for the working class. They saw this an opportunity for a better life, higher wages, a better system than what they had working at the farms. What they did not realize was that this system alongside the industrial revolution brought child labor in factories, bad working conditions, and creativity-killing jobs which only made life worse for the British people.
The Industrial Revolution brought many changes to the lifestyle and way work was completed for citizens of Britain between 1750 and 1900. Machines that provided effective, cheap and fast production of goods began to replace the jobs once held by people. This development effected many groups of workers, but especially those in the textile industry. The introduction of machinery had a significant impact on the lives of these industrial workers due to the low and high demand for goods, unfair wages and unhealthy and dangerous working conditions it inaugurated. The lives of industrial textile workers were significantly impacted by the Industrial Revolution.
Significant fact: One person could sit and turn the handle of the cotton gin and do the work of 50 workers. 2. One significant cause of the Industrial Revolution: Improved technology such as the steam engine, the cotton gin, and the spinning jenny contributed greatly to the Industrial Revolution. Consequently, living conditions improved and the demand for certain goods grew. Then, causing a larger population since the economy was doing well.
These back-to-back economic changes resulted in a growing population in most countries, overcrowding the cities. The United States in particular had problems with a large number of immigrants flowing into the country. This took place when America itself was still recently just developed, so the country was not
The first cause is the revolution of agriculture that allowed people to the cities and manufacturing and freed them from the soil . The second cause , having less death-rate and less diseases which means higher population and larger industrial workforce. The third case, their request for goods. The forth cause , their culture is based on taking risks , developing ideas and working hard. The fifth cause, the existence of the resources which are wanted close to each other like the coal and the iron.
To overcome natural obstacles, a system of canals and dams was built. This increased demand for labor prompted tremendous job growth along the rivers. In order to build the railway system, which developed even faster than the river system, the environment had to be made flat and all hindrances had to be removed in order for the tracks to be built. These works offered a huge amount of jobs in the railway sector.
After the railroad lines had been built out west changes occurred for both the Western and Eastern United States. By 1860 railroads connected nearly every major city and over 80 percent of farms were 5 miles from the railroad. It was easier and faster to transport goods such as; lumber, grain, corn, etc. to the Eastern United States. Farming changed with railroads because farmers could put their products and animals on the trains and make money. Within the first 10 years of completion the railroad had shipped over $50 million in goods.
Traveling for trade’s or for visit was a lot more faster after the steamboat was invented. It was a lot more easier to travel upriver and going against its current. Before the steamboat was even invented, they took more time and a lot more energy when going up steam or against the current. The use of steam speed up the efficient transportation of perishable good and trades. Steamboat was extremely valuable during the civil war.
For example, the war ended the Great Depression, because of the need for work. Almost all of the able men went to fight in Europe, which left the women to work in the factories. Also at this time African Americans were able to join the military and to work in the factories. Another positive outcome of the war was that the exports exceeded the imports at the time. Which meant that the country was becoming more wealthy, which brought up the minimum wage and the American people were able to make a nice living once again.
Before the American Civil War, both the Northerners and Southerners states were making economic advances. The railway allowed for the formation of a communication system that was national. The availability of railroads made the settlements of the western states easier. Immigration had a steady increasing rate and economy was booming for the North. They also discovered mineral resources that boosted the iron and textile industries of the North.
Before The Industrial revolution, coal was used, but what coal was mined came from just below the earth’s surface. And although deep mining had already begun in Britain in 1880, America had yet to catch up. During the Industrial Revolution, the demand for coal increased rapidly, therefore mines became deeper and deeper throughout the years. In the early 1900s, two main types of coal existed - anthracite and bituminous coal. Anthracite burns much cleaner than the latter, and therefore was used more frequently and preferred by the majority of Americans, especially for residential use.