history response 13

Instructions: For response 1, respond thoughtfully. Just saying “I agree” or “I disagree” does not constitute a thoughtful response. They need to be substantive to promote further discussion, new ideas, or questions and are approximately 150-200 words (1 paragraph) in length. Short comments, such as “Good point,” information not applicable to the historical context of the assigned topic, and non-topic personal interactions do not apply.

1. How did urban industrialization affect Americans’ lives outside of the workplace?

Although there were several new technology and invention, I believe that the upgrade in transportation was the most impactful. The creation of the railway was a source of only long distance travel, “city to city”so it was useless when it came traveling with in city limits. There were also carriages that would get pulled by a horse called an Omnibus. The omnibus was an essential way of moving around but only in small towns where it was not crowded. It did not fit a lot of people and was powered by a horse. The problem with that was that the horse had needs like drinking water, dumping out his body wastes or taking breaks to rest. transportation was important in the time of industrialization because people had to get to work, go shopping, to the grocery store etc. Until 1887 when Frank Sprague invented the electric trolley. Many will claim that electricity was the most important finding in human history and I can agree to that because it powered everything else that was invented. with that being said the trolley was powered by electricity but it maintain that same concept as the omnibus. It was as great improvement to the transportation industry because it allowed people to move throughout the entire day. The only problem that was left was it was not possible to use in the cities due to the significant amount of people. A group of city workers came up with the idea to elevate the trains lines in the streets, this was called L-Trains. There were several incidents in the usage of the trolley as it became adapted by several cities, later on the trains were submerge to the underground like we see today with the subways. Transportation has and will always be an issue whether if it traffic or the excessive release of carbon in the air, it is always an important part in our everyday life. I believe that the rate of growth in the 1800’s without the improvement of transportation would be critical. with the trains operating ,work places extended their hours and with that that came the increase of production.

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