Manifest Destiny And The Market Revolution

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The Market Revolution generated a drastic change in the United States economy and altered gender barriers while at the same time accomplishing this in a provocative manner. This economic boom occurred around the first half of the 19th Century. The economic boom was achieved by inventions such as a transcontinental railroad system which resulted in a better transportation system which improved trade and the cotton gin which sped up the rate of removing seeds from cotton fiber. However like what the great Hugo said, “The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced”. That is exactly what happened with this revolution in fact and the progress …show more content…

In the 19th Century, there were strong supporters of the ideology of Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was basically the belief of expansion by settlers expanding all over America because god supposedly destined the Americans for expansions by their resources. This resulted for the Americans to find a modern mode of transportation that would make traveling from the east to the west coast easier. This resulted in a mega construction known as the Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad not only helps with transportation but with trading. According to the article The Railway Journey, modern transportation “created a definite spatial distance between the places of production and the place of consumption did the goods become uprooted commodities” (40 Railroad Journey). Basically, this means that since the railroad allowed goods to be shipped to further distances at faster rates which resulted in mass productions and shipments of goods which resulted in a stable economy for the United …show more content…

For instance, Godey stated that “the American railroad was ‘manly’ because of the power of its engines and bravery of brakemen of engineers [but feminine] because of the domesticity of its parlor cars and the refinement of female passengers” (2 Home Adrift). It was revealed later on that lesser known railroad stories suggested woman were yet again influential on the construction of the railroad. We can conclude that the Market Revolution really impacted the lives of many women and were put on the map since people recognized that woman can actually do work which resulted in women in this time period to have more privileges. The railroad was really the keystone of the Market Revolution but in order for the construction of the railroad to happen and expansion of America to commence, President Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act which was, in short, an Indian

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