Transportation has revolutionized trade and the connections between different places. In early America, roads were in such bad shape traveling any significant distance was dangerous. Commerce was driven by rivers. Gradually, that changed. In the 1790’s, a private company created a hard-surfaced road that went from Lancaster to Philadelphia. That started a road building craze that vastly increased
This is probably the biggest effect on our entire country in the upbringing of America. The economy was deeply affected during the California Gold Rush. Originally, a man had found a piece of gold that washed up on the shore. He had smashed it with a rock to test if it was real gold and it was. After hearing the news of this special case, a lot of people had started coming to California to get their hands on this material. Since everyone wanted to become rich, there were thousands of men working in the mines for weeks. After a little while, people were lucky to have even gotten a little bit of it. The gold was being mined to quickly that it was getting much harder to find. Because of this gold rush, Texas was rich and was able to greatly expand their technology and tools and advance into their new era. Document 1 shows a picture of a type of angel who is leading new technology behind her. In front of her, it shows the older technology and lifestyle fleeing. The picture represents how Texas was bringing a new change in society and made the largest technological advance for our country
268 million cubic yards of excavated dirt and ten years span of time, after all these things, the Panama Canal was complete. It was far more than just a canal. It was a dream that was turned into a reality. An idea that was shared and dreamed about by many nations. Who could take on the daunting task of building it? The United States thought they had what it took to give it a try, but they had one problem. The Colombians (owners of what is now Panama) did not want to sell their land to the United States. The United States refused to let this obstacle stand in their way. To proceed
In 1910 I California, a column of oil nearly 200 feet high explodes out of a derrick and sets off a chain of events that will turn America into a superpower. Mass production and job opportunities prompted by the First World War draw African American to northern cities like Chicago, but racial conflict follows. A popular campaign to ban alcohol succeeds, yet when it comes, Prohibition triggers a wave of organized crime.
The Interstate Highway Act of 1956(National and Defense Highways Act) was one of the largest public efforts that had constructed 41,000 miles of the system over a 10 year period.It was a work that had greatly revolutionized the way the world progresses while also enriching the quality of life for almost every American citizen.This event was important enough to remain in the textbook because socially it made traveling more efficient while also allowing citizens to travel to many more places inexpensively,economically because goods were able to be transported more productively which ultimately allowed many companies to lower transportation/production costs and enhance productivity/profits,higher gas prices due to increased production of cars,and
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. Railroads became more widespread in the United States after economic damages caused by the Civil War. The Civil War was caused by the secession of the Southern States due to controversies over allowing slavery in the United States. The North did not want slavery while the South depended on inexpensive slave labor for its agrarian society. As a result of the Civil War, the South’s economy was crippled since it could no longer depend solely on cotton as a result of slavery being outlawed in the 13th Amendment. As a result of the crippled economy, the South needed to be “reconstructed” meaning that it had to diversify its economy beyond agriculture. A way that the United
Automobiles. Telephones. Lightbulbs. These were some of the major technological innovations created during 1865 to 1920. These creations impacted many Americans, even to this day. The groups of people that were most changed by these new innovations were factory workers, middle-class urban residents, and midwestern farmers. There were many effects that these creations had on these groups of people. These innovations allowed travelling and the transporting of goods to be easily accomplished, made communication between others simpler and more efficient, and allowed for better and safer ways of lighting to be established.
The transportation revolution is believed to have begun in 1807 when the government seemed it was going to become active in growing infrastructure. The treasury secretary, at the time, Albert Gallatin was asked to develop “a plan for the application of such means as are within the power of Congress, to the purpose of opening roads and making canals” (W&R). This plan was not to happen and throughout this revolution the government was only responsible for a few projects. Without much government aid, entrepreneurs took matters into their own hands, creating competition. This first started with the building of toll roads. While it is difficult to measure the economic impact that these roads played, they were a critical
The establishment and growth of the railroad had many influences on the Westward Expansion of America in the later half of the 1800’s. The railroad fueled the conflict with the Native Americans of the Plains, induced growth in population and economy in previously established urban areas, and lastly expanded the lands that were used for agriculture. The railroad affected various aspects of America’s West and the Great Plains.
For example, in 1953, the United States was spending 68.1% of the total government spending on defense. Moreover, there was a 5.3 billion dollar deficit in 1953 (Source H). The arms race and development of modern weapons did not help this serious situation. This gave Americans a real fear of an economic depression. Yet, President Eisenhower addressed this and in 1956 he signed a public law resulting in the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. This would provide thousands of jobs which could help reduce unemployment and the chance of
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.
Throughout the course of history, Robert Moses, a renowned city planner, impacted America through his innovative ideas regarding transportation and infrastructures. In comparison to other engineers Moses possessed some unorthodox methods and styles. Between the 20s until the 60s, Moses’s work made various positive and negative effects on society. Some positive effects include: creating jobs and connecting different cities and areas. Regardless of Moses’s positive effects, some negative effects include: the loss of people’s homes through eviction and Moses’s refusal to build mass transit systems. The Geography of Nowhere, written by James Kunstler, discusses Moses and how his work impacted society forever.
Have you ever thought of what might be an important cultural artifact that influences our everyday life? Believe it or not, we make use of cultural artifacts much more than one would think. The cultural artifact that I am choosing to focus on, cars, play an important role in our everyday life by allowing our culture to move about our world and travel to new and interesting places. Andy Crouch has provided us with five thoughts that will help us better understand our culture and the role of cultural artifacts. Through these five thoughts, we will be able to understand the importance of cars throughout our culture and the impact that cars have made in our culture.
Countless people evaluate their life and wish they had the chance to grow up in a different era or decade. An era like The Great Gatsby, everything so grand and luxurious, or a decade like the 50s, when teenagers hung out at the local diner and drove in vintage (vocab word) cars. Nevertheless, nobody gets to choose when they are born. Growing up in any decade, all children experience similar occurrences such as puberty, relationships, and finding themselves; however, growing up in the 80s is vastly different than growing up in today’s world but they both face distinct challenges.