Midterm - Some would argue that the trans-continental...

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Some would argue that the trans-continental railroad was the most important element in modernizing the United States. What impact did it have on industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and Westward expansion? The tans-continental railroad was extremely important in modernizing the United States. It was completed on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah Territory. This was a ground breaking moment in the United States. For the first time, the west and east coasts were linked and one could travel from one side of the country to the other with relative ease. This was something that had never been possible before. This new ease in travel and transportation positively impacted industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and Westward expansion. Industrialization flourished as a result of the railroads. Both sectors actually went hand in hand. Railroads needed steel which boosted steal production. The railroads were a huge employer of labor so the jobs created by the railroads gave people money to live off of and they could spend whatever amount that was left over to put it back into the economy. The railroad made it easier to communicate and ship products more efficiently rather than haul them by horse powered means. Railroads were also effective transporting livestock to butchers. No longer did
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