Social and Economic Changes- Railroads, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas - Social and Economic Changes Railroads Kansas-Nebraska Act Bleeding

Social and Economic Changes- Railroads, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas

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Social and Economic Changes: Railroads, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas -cotton remained the nation’s major export but construction of a vast railroad network became the driving force for economic growth. -funded by federal land grants, with help from state and local government. -stimulated settlement west, ran from west to east. -market cash crops in distant locations and stimulated mining and iron industries. -weakened the traditional political alliance between the South and the West. -John Deere invented the steel plow and Cyrus McCormick refined the mechanical reaper (commercial farming and increasing productivity) -introduced new crops and reduced annual fires. -economic survival depended on rail links to urban markets. -created noise, dirt, smoke (social and economic divisions)

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