Lecture 7 WSU History 422.pdf - History 422 Lecture 7[Professor Hirt We are a mobile society we move around a great deal both for personal convenience

Lecture 7 WSU History 422.pdf - History 422 Lecture...

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1 History 422: Lecture 7 [Professor Hirt]: We are a mobile society, we move around a great deal both for personal convenience and for work. In the late 20 th century when personal modes of transportation like the automobile are so ubiquitous that everybody in essence takes it for granted we sometimes forget how important a transportation system is to our lives and to our economy. Much more than a personal convenience, transportation is the essential support structure for the entire American economy. Think for a moment [video of cars] about how your life is dependant on mobility. You have to move to get to work and then back home from work, you move about on the roads for play, for recreation, you move about to eat to shop essentially to subsist, you get your food from a grocery store [video of people in a grocery store] that you drive to and then drive home to prepare it. You drive about to maintain and enhance social relations [photo of people at a social event] , you drive to relatives houses and friends house s, we move around all the time and we’ve come to take for granted those transportation that allow that mobility, essentially the roads that most of you live on day in and day out. Think about for a moment how much our economy and indeed our whole lives are dependant on transportation. Try to name three things that you use regularly to survive on that were produced within three miles of your home. It’s a hard exercise. Name one thing that you use on a daily basis that was not delivered to you or that you did not go out and travel to acquire, one thing that you use on a daily basis. Try, if you can imagine, a life in which you have no contact with the outside world, with the larger world of goods except by rough and dangerous foot, or horse and cart or canoe transportation that might take several days to get from point A to point B, imagine a world like that and you’ll begin to imagine what life was like in the Pacific Northwest in the mid and early 1800’s. It’s no wonder that efforts to facilitate the movement of people and goods were some of the earliest and most important development activities in the Northwest. This lesson reviews the evolution of transportation systems in the Northwest from the 1850’s until about the turn of the century [slide: Evolution of Transportation Systems in the Northwest] . We’ll discuss trails and early roads, boat and the steamboat in particular, the rise of for profit transportation companies and the railroads, which Carlos Schwantes says made the Northwest. When thinking about transportation systems in the Northwest, keep in mind that these transportation systems not only provide the infrastructure for the economy, but through their construction of these transportation systems they stimulate the economy, so it’s a double effect of the economy on the Northwest. Canals [video of a canal] take dredging equipment and labor to build and concrete to line those canals. Railroads [video of railroad tracks and trestles]
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