In the 19th century, a major way of transportation was crafted. This was called the Erie Canal. This Canal led to great economic growth throughout the United States. For example, the Canal brought in many people through the seaports in New York which made it more busy than it already was (Doc. 1a).
This meant that they could bring goods to the people that couldn’t normally get them, because they were too expensive, or they had no way to get to them. Thousands of settlers began to utilize the Erie Canal to move west (OI). Also, the Canal led to New York having the busiest port in America (Doc. 1B). The New York State Canal Corporation states that “Within 15 years of its opening, New York was the busiest port in America, moving tonnages greater than Boston, Baltimore, and New Orleans combined”
People had both the right and the duty to make whatever changes were necessary to come up with a new government or new reforms to that government to better serve their needs. This is basically was the mindset of the people who believed that reform was need in society. The Second Great Awakening refers to a period of religious revivals at occurred in the United States in the 1830s. After this period, many reform movements took place to better serve society and the people in it. Many reform movements between 1825 and 1850 sought to expand democratic ideals by advocating many social and political changes including movements to prohibit alcoholic beverages, to increase public education, and to support rights for women.
Before slave labor boomed normal slave imports would be about seventeen thousand and after slave labor became more popular it rose to about sixty thousand annually in under two centuries. Slave labor mainly started to grow because of increases in cash crops such as tobacco. Without the acceleration in these cash crops, then it is possible that slavery wouldn’t become as popular as it did. Slavery spread through the colonies very rapidly. Colonies began to realize the money that they could save from having slaves instead of servants, so they took the opportunity.
In the book it talks about some of the wealthiest people, fourteen out of seventy-five of these people were born in America between 1860 -1870. The industrial revolution just started to grow, railroads were created and Wall Street just was beginning. The timing of being born during these changes allowed opportunities to reach these individuals that others born in 1855 were not susceptible to. The book also mentioned the same happening in Silicon Valley. Anyone who was the right age during this boom had more opportunities than others to find success.
Railroads had a major impact on advancing the American economy, transforming America into a modern society, and improving an antiquated transportation system. The building of railroads created rapid economic growth in America. Railroad companies employed more than one million workers to build and maintain railroads. At the same time, coal, timber, and steel industries employed thousands of workers to provide the supplies necessary to build railroads (Chapter 12 Industrialization). In turn, railroad companies spent large sums of money purchasing railroad supplies.
The shift from a subsistence economy into an industrialized, market-oriented economy was also made possible by a “transportation revolution” that was encouraged by state governments that provided economic aid for such internal improvements as turnpikes, canals, and railroads. Improvements in transportation thanks to national roads lowered costs and linked farmers to markets. It had used to take 90 days to go from Louisville to New Orleans before. Improved water transportation thanks to steamboats dramatically increased the speed and lowered the expense of commerce (transportation cost decreased 90%) River traffic capacity increased 100 fold from 1820-1860 because of innovation of flat-bottom boats. The Erie Canal is the most successful example
It is an amazing huge project in the history of Chinese civilization. By using perhaps six million workers recruited, a thousand kilometers of new canal and canalized rivers was constructed. The technological achievement was a stunning.  The massive spending on the Grand Canal (and rebuilding the Great Wall of China and many other places) didn’t endear the Sui to its people, the dynasty collapsed in 619. This was wonderful news for the Tang Dynasty succeeding because it couldn’t be blamed for high costs, but benefited from the revenues of the new canal .
One of the biggest effects of the Great Awakening on the Colonies was the way it prepared the people for the War of Independence. The Awakening made the colonists realize that they could have the religious power in their own hands rather than in those of the Church of England. As such, the colonists started to develop a vision of freedom from British rule. The climate created by the Great Awakening made the American Revolution possible. The movement brought religious unity to the colonies, which resulted in political and cultural unity as well.
The attack led to the invasion of two countries that continues to cost the US tax payer each year we send Soldiers, supplies, military aid to these countries. There has been substantial growth in the private sector due to the US invading these countries. Sectors that are contracted by the government to fulfill positions in both countries along with the development of new body armor, vehicles, and weapons. The initial cost to rebuild the pentagon was $576 million, approximately $34 billion in insured losses, $21.6 billion in buildings and infrastructure, $7 billion official victim compensation. This number are minuscule compared to the $53 billion the US put into combatting terrorism and $300 billion in lowered world growth lost to the attacks on 9/11.
The Louisiana Purchase was one of the largest land deals in history. In 1803, the United States paid approximately $15 million dollars for over 800,000 square miles of land from the French who originally owned it. This land deal was one of the greatest achievements of Thomas Jefferson 's presidency because it more than doubled the size of the United States at a time when the nation 's population growth began to quicken. Jefferson’s decision to buy the Louisiana Territory doubled the size of the U.S., and its borders went from the Atlantic Ocean merged to the Rocky Mountains, north to Canada, and south to the boundary with Spanish Florida. This gave the U.S. complete control of the Mississippi River as previously France had rights to the
The Puritans in the 1600s had a very important influence in the development of the New England colonies through the 1660s their ideas, values; political, economic and social development would have a lasting effect on the region. The values of the Puritans were greatly rooted in the idea that man was evil and that God alone would save us. By creating this town upon the hill God will reward them for their efforts for trying to reform the Anglican Church. Politically the Puritans were a semi-theocracy that would only allow those who were part of the church to vote. Economically they brought a lasting effect based on their hard work ethic.
In 1854 miners could obtain jobs and they were making about $75.00 a month. Discovery of gold had national an international impact. The U.S provided 45 percent of world 's gold between 1851 to 1855. The discovery caused U.S commodity prices to leap and compelled workers in the east to strike in order to protect their standard of
The Second Great Awakening was extremely influential in shifting the minds towards reform in people across America. The mentality of the people at this time was closed minded and had acceoted their way of living. Among other factors, Charles Finney played and important role in the success of the Second Great Awakening. “Much of the impulse towards reform was rooted in the revivals of the broad religious movement that swept the Untied States after 1790.” Revivals during the Second Great Awakening awakened the faith of people during the 1790s with emotional preaching and strategic actions from Charles Finney and many other influential preachers, which later helped influence the reforms of the mid-1800s throughout America. The Second Great Awakening
Passed by Britain, the Molasses Act attempted to restrict American international trade but the colonists proved that they wouldn 't blindly accept these restrictions anymore. The Great Awakening occurred during this time, reviving religious fervor with George Whitefield at the lead. As education in the North improved, figures such as Ben Franklin helped advance both literature and the scientific field. The idea of a democracy began to show signs with the introduction of the two-house legislative body, and would continue to develop as time went on. A unique American culture also started to develop, and this contributed to a growing sense of