B&0_1828

B&0_1828 - Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom...

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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (July 7, 1828) John B. Morris of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad gave this speech on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone for the line. After 1828, railroads streaked across the Atlantic coast and westward into the hinterland. At first, the railroads merely functioned as supplements to the 3,000 miles of canals and the great rivers that carried most of America's commerce. However, the ability of railroads to reach land bereft of navigable waterways opened up enormous new tracts of land for settlement. Fellow-Citizens . The occasion which has assembled us, is one of great and momentous interest. We have met to celebrate the laying of the first stone of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: and if there be any thing which could render the day we have chosen more interesting in our eyes, than it already seems, it is that we now commence the construction of a work which is to raise our native city to that rank which the advantages of her situation and the enterprise of her citizens entitle her to hold. The result of our labors will be felt, not only by ourselves, but also by posterity, not only by Baltimore, but also by Maryland and by the United States. We are about opening the channel through
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