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Historical Effects Historical Effects Paper This paper will detail some of the significant events, occurring between 1865 and 1945, which helped shape America. Rebecca McDaniel History 125 Professor E. Sharp September 11, 2010
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Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to detail a few major events in American history from 1865 to 1945. I have chosen what I believe to be some of the most significant events from this period. These events continue to have far-reaching effects even today. I will conclude my paper with a hypothesis of what I believe will occur within the next ten years. Railroads: In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act. This authorized the construction of the very first transcontinental railroad. This railroad saw completion in 1869. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, one could travel by rail from one coast to another. Aside from providing a means of travel from coast to coast, the railroad provided a cost effective means of transporting material to the final destination. With this, the cost of the final product was significantly lower due to lower transportation costs. Railroads played a large part in the discovery of the western frontier, and connecting the major metropolitan areas of the east and west coast.
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According to Streeter and Landsberg (2003) there are more than 35,000 trains that carry more than $100 billion worth of freight and more than 60 million people to their destinations each year. Almost all goods entering this country through one of the many ports will finish their journey with a rail car. With the increased cost of travel, many travelers choose the ease and comfort of rail travel, which now include sleeper cars, dining cars, and entertainment cars. While rail travel is not as fast as flying it is much more comfortable, and cost effective. If there were no railroad, the discovery of America would have taken much longer. The cost of many things would be much higher, and there would be limited availability of some items whose shipping hinges on railways. Nikola Tesla: Nikola Tesla immigrated to America in 1884 at the age of 28. He immediately started working with Thomas Alva Edison, however quit after Edison failed
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to pay him an agreed upon $50,000.00 for a difficult job. In 1887, Tesla builds the first AC motor and immediately granted several key patents for his design. This started a figurative war between Edison’s DC power and Tesla’s AC power, through which Tesla is victorious. In 1892, Tesla successfully created the first polyphase power system, and earned 40 vital patents. Many exciting things happened to Tesla in 1893. He demonstrated the transmission of wireless radio waves, though he named for being the first person to do so the original person to accomplish this used several of his patents. This paved the way for the crediot to go to Tesla; however, at the time this was not evident. Tesla and Westinghouse provided AC power to light the Chicago Worlds Fair. Tesla also demonstrated is most famous invention the Tesla Coil, and was
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