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The following quote from Jaques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence addresses the railroad. Discuss the impact of the railroad on daily lives or on the...

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The following quote from Jaques Barzun's From Danm to Decadence addresses the railroad.
Discuss the impact of the railroad on daily lives or on the Industrial Revolution. In what ways did
locomotion create a technological transformation for humanity as a whole — at least in the areas where it
existed? "At first, machinery affected only those who organized its use and the men and women
who worked in factories. But by 1830 a different type of machine came into being that changed the life
and the minds of all peoples. The memory of it is nearly gone, but it was the completest change in human
experience since the nomadic tribes became rooted in one spot to grow grain and raise cattle; it was in
effect a reversal of that settling down. Locomotion by the force of steam, the railroad. uprooted mankind
and made of it individual nomads again." {Jacques Barzun. From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the
Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life (New York: HarperCollins, 2000). 539)

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