The Education of Henry Adams - Research Article from Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library

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Railroad executive Jay Gould.Railroad executive Jay Gould. (© Bettmann/Corbis.)
  • In the excerpt Adams focuses on the railroads and the country's mania to build more railway lines as its first step to industrialization. In 1850 there had been about 9,000 miles of railroad tracks in the country. By the end of the decade there were about 31,000 miles of tracks, and this number continued to grow at a fast rate. Railroads had become the country's biggest business. They linked industrial and agricultural areas and provided a reliable means of transportation between the two for both goods and people. They made it possible to build cities without nearby waterways. They brought the plentiful resources of the United States to American manufacturers. They hastened the settling of the West. Many historians have stated that the United States...

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