The Tremendous Impact of Railroads on America In the late 19th century, railroads propelled America into an era of unprecedented growth, prosperity, and convenient transportation. Prior to the building of the railroads, America lacked the proper and rapid transportation to make traveling across the country economical or practical. Lengthy travel was often cumbersome, costly, and dangerous. With the advent of the railroad, many of these issues disappeared. Railroads had a major impact on advancing the American economy, transforming America into a modern society, and improving an antiquated transportation system.
The steam locomotive was one of the most important new technologies of the Victorian age. Due to this invention, trips that would have seemed impossible could be make. Tickets were also cheap so soon everyone could travel by train. The development of steam-powered railways in the 19th century revolutionized transportation in Canada and was integral to the very act of nation building. Railways played an integral role in the process of industrialization, opening up new markets and tying regions together, while at the same time creating a demand for resources and technology.
In 1694, Thomas Savery invented what would revolutionize the united states indefinitely, he called it the steam engine. This invention lead to the first steam engine locomotive which many would say was a beneficial turning point in the industrialization of america’s economy,allowing the steam engine to be used on the railways. Although the railroads did impact the United States and certain groups in positive ways,there were also negative effects that occurred. During this time period, there were many chinese immigrants that entered the United States who made up most of the workers that built the tracks. Business owners made lots of money from the railroads because they were able to transport goods farther and faster with ease.
From the article of railroads,“Not only did the railways provide greater opportunity through extending markets, they also stimulated more people to start businesses and thereby enter the markets. An extended marketplace provided a greater number of individuals the opportunity to produce and sell goods.” (Kelly) Opportunity overpowers the negative factor of the architecture and locomotives being unfriendly to the environment. Another positive factor that outdoes the negative is the advantages of mass production. In the article about nineteenth century architecture,“While the battle of styles was engaging the energies of the architects, great changes were introduced in industry. Mass production became possible in glass, iron and later steel” (19th Century Architecture).
Following a quarter of a century of war, Europe saw a period of peace from 1815 to 1853. Due to the impact of the industrial revolution, this peacetime saw great changes in the nature of warfare. Mass production and improved technology and communications were at the heart of industrialisation. More broadly, industrialisation had also created a more urban and organised society, able to support population growth. These changes stimulated a large increase in the destructiveness, power potential and size of military forces.
The Industial Revolution took course through the 19th century.This Revolution brought with it many new inventions that moved the manufacturing of products out of the homes and the shops and into factories. The Revolution also brought with it advances in transportation, such as the steam engine. However, it also brought with it pollution, poor working environments and conditions, and capitalists began to employ women and young children, making them work long hard hours. This Revolution will change the working class throughout the
First ranked was the steam powered locomotive, canals second and roads third. The steam-powered locomotive is ranked first because it made a huge difference to society because goods could be delivered at a faster rate and they could hold more weight. The locomotive created in 1814 by George Stephenson was named the “Blucher” and could pull eight
As more goods were mass produced they required more transportation to sell them and, vice versa, as transportation became cheaper and more common companies were further motivated to increase production. The sudden wave of factories led to an increase in urbanization in which people lived where the jobs were. Without coal to feed these massive factory chains people most likely would have continued to live in small towns and communities rather than clump together for labor purposes. The popularity of coal also marks the dawn of the fossil-fuel era. While it may be a good source of profit and energy, the environment was left to pick up the slack.
Moreover, document six shows the trading routes from different European countries and resources traded. It demonstrates that many riches come into Europe from the Age of Exploration. This increase in wealth and European power, caused by the Age of Exploration, was an accomplishment that set off the Renaissance. Document nine strengthens this argument by showing all the negative coming to the Americas while the great supplies are traveling to Europe. In contrast to document six, document nine has many of the diseases and shows that Europe is benefiting the most in this trade network.
In the book “The Gilded Age and Progressive Era” William explained that the introduction of railroads brought about the expansion of the United States. The engine of the new industrialized economy, eased the fast transportation of raw materials and finished goods from one part of the country to the other. As the railroads grew in power, it increased the economy of the country. He further explained that the problem the economy was facing is that workers were maltreated. They were forced to work in bad weather conditions and were paid very
Between 1865 and 1900, immigration, government action, and technology impacted the social, cultural, and economic realms of the American Industrial worker. Immigration increased greatly to America because the industry was booming, and news of this new, industrial America was spreading throughout Europe. The government took actions to help the average industrial worker, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Interstate Commerce Act, and the Hatch Act. Technology affected the industrial worker through inventions, reinvented landscapes, and convenience. Immigration largely affect the American industrial workers in many ways.
The building and development of the railroad in all parts of the country were one of the most remarkable developments of the Industrial Revolution. With its creation and active operation, they brought significant change to the economy, society and the political world.The first railroads were built in Great Britain. America got the idea to construct them at home when they visited England and saw the impressive drop of shipping costs when it was done by railroads instead of by carriage, nearly a 60%-70% decrease. The first railroads in America were extremely successful. However, attempts to finance new ones failed at first because of the opposition that was created by stagecoach companies, canal companies, turnpike operators and many inkeepers