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History Lecture 1 - History Lecture*Go to HA 178 Friday 1...

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History Lecture 1/16/08 *Go to HA 178 Friday 1. Horatio Alger’s stories gave guides to people that would make them successful. 2. Question #1: New technologies and the volume of goods. Railroads became important for industries. Provided transportation, improved communication, more speed, and enhanced settlement of Great Plains. Also offered a testing ground for manufacturing techniques. Privately owned, but built with government assistance. 3. Also, natural recourses, and a lot of land, helped the pace of industrialization. 4. Slavery made it harder for lands to be open, free of slave? 5. Immigration brought workers and producers to America. 6. Agricultural crisis in Europe, surplus of craftsmen, political discontent, religious persecution, and high taxes, fear of military service, and rising land prices and low wages led to immigration to America. “Land of opportunity,” and religious freedom also help. 7. Immigration provided a cheap labor system and made America diverse. However, native workers did not like to compete with new immigrants.
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