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.
With industrialization came many new inventions and successful businessmen. Industrialists had major impacts on the Gilded Age. During the Gilded Age, Thomas Edison Invented the lightbulb.This enabled workers to continue working after dark. This meant getting more done. He als invented the first power plant.
The first way that the economy was impacted was that with the ease and efficiency of the railroads, they created a large demand for goods and labor because they needed a lot of people to help build the railroads and also needed a large quantity of steel for the rails and wood for the railroad ties. Secondly the railroads created a huge national market because of the simplicity of delivering goods from place to place. The railroads helped the people in even the most rural place prosper with the cost efficient transportation of the trains. From 1830 to 1861, the United States laid aproximately 30,000 miles of railroad track, which led to an increase in demand for coal which was used to produce iron for the
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.
The three most important improvements to America through the “Gilded Age” were industrialization, transportation, and the appearance of wealth. Industrialization was the centerpiece of America’s economic development and it helped America to become known as a land
With this fast production, Carnegie was able to ship more steel for bridges, railroads and other steel uses. (Document C). Andrew Carnegie was such a name in the steel industry, by the 20th century he had an immense impact on the steel industry. As his company grew, his overall steel output grew. Between the years of 1892 and 1900, Carnegie
Several industrialists had a major impact on the Gilded Age. These industrialists were Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Gram Bell. Andrew Carnegie made steel from iron which helped to build railroads and buildings. He also developed a process that sped up the production of steel by 96 times. This process is known as the Bessemer Process.
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
The United States began to enter a prosperous and increasing period after the civil war known as industrialization. Despite the fact that industrialization led the United States to wealth, it also led it to many social and economic problems during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this time, Upton Sinclair and Andrew Carnegie were the people who responded to the economic and social problems generated by industrialization. Andrew Carnegie was one of the wealthy men in America and was very charitable, he impacted the United States with his steel to transform cities. During these economic and social problems generated by industrialization, he responded by providing money to fund charities.
These changes stimulated a large increase in the destructiveness, power potential and size of military forces. Perhaps the greatest advancement in military capability arose from the revolution in transport and communications, founded upon the development of the steam engine in the early nineteenth century that powered rail transport. The train transportation of troops and supplies meant that by the 1840s, armies were no longer restricted by previous time and space constraints. War was now a
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
jobs because they required heavy manual labor in a dangerous environment. The factories were iron and textiles were produced, needed masses of workers to operate the equipment and create products (Early American Railroads, 2008). During this time the railroads were being mass produced to accommodate the demand for more transport line. The railroads offered many jobs: driving spikes, carrying wooden ties, leveling ground for new line and laying the iron track. The opportunity to work on building new tracks throughout the US brought many Irish to work for the railroad companies (Irish Immigration to America, n.d.).
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.