Why Was The Railroad Crucial To The Second Industrial Revolution

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Railroads were so crucial to the second industrial revolution because it created mass transportation across the nation and more commercial trade for goods to be manufactured. This would help make a national market for the United States. America was growing at this time in history more West so with the invention of the railroad this would help create trade opportunities across the nation as well as a railroad system. According to our textbook, by the 1890s, we had about five transcontinental lines that would transport products from the East which were mostly products from farmers and miners were now being sent to the West to be manufactured (Foner). Also, the train would work for four different time zones for the United States. With the railroad

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