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Between 1865 and 1920 industrialization caused significant changes in many peoples lives First the development of a new railroad system help settle the west and made it more accessible to people Second public transit systems in big cities provided an outlet from congested cities Last the discovery of a method for transmitting electricity help to light up our daily lives I feel that these are three of the most important changes in peoples lives caused by industrialization First the building of railroads out west played a huge part in the successful expansion of our country and the fulfillment of American dreams Priot to the development of a more efficient railroad system the movement of people and freight were relatively slow difficult and costly Because of different rail gauges sometimes freight had to be unloaded and then reloaded on boxcars Second most goods had to be produced and provided locally on a small scale As a result prices for products were very high Nevertheless with the help of federal grants railroad promoters were able to build a more efficient railroad system that would connect the settled east with the unsettled west After the completion of the new railroads system farmers were in reasonable distance of railroad depots which meant manufacturers could locate their plants anywhere and be able to bring in raw materials and send their products wherever they could find customers Also freight and passengers could travel by rail without interruptions With the railroads connecting the east and the west coast many people moved westward and began to take advantage of the opportunities that the west offered such as cheap land gold new businesses and more Through the development of a transcontinental railroad system the west was settled and many American dreams were in reach Second the development of new public transit systems was important in shaping the design of our cities and the growth of our cities
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