Rev in Transportation I and II

The Story of the National Road

As briefly discussed in class, the first major public highway built in the U.S. is known as National Road, or Cumberland Road. It was constructed over the period of almost two decades, beginning in 1811 around Cumberland, Maryland and ceasing development in Vandalia, Illinois in the 1830’s. Interestingly enough, over half a century earlier, a …

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Tarkov- Engineering the Erie Canal by David Barney

Towards the beginning of the 19th century, the United States had demand for the construction of public works but a lack of domestic engineers to carry out these tasks. Often engineers from Europe had to come to the United States in order to construct public works, such as canals. The construction of the Erie canal …

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McNown – Canals in America

McNown begins by explaining the development of canals in Europe in the 16th Century. The expansion of the canal system in Europe began by improving the navigability of rivers by removing obstacles or digging canals around rapids or other barriers. As engineers learned the advantages of canals for transportation compared to roadways, the expansion of…

Summary of the Chapter “The Emergence of Big Business” in Mansel Blackford’s Business Enterprise in American History

Mansel Blackford attempts to express the important roles railroads fulfilled before and during the rise of big business in the United States in this chapter.  He claims that railroad companies fore-fronted big business and bureaucracy because of the unprecedented amount of capital they required to operate and the precise organization needed to run the complex, …

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McNown on Canals

Before the 16th century the most efficient way to transport materials was by natural waterways. However, these rivers or streams had non-navigable at some points thus transport was impossible. During the 16th century European engineers began to expand the waterway network. They started by removing obstacles and digging canal loops around rapids or the obstacles. …

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Boorstin – Getting There First

Technology during the late 18thcentury into the 19thcentury was developed to be a technology of haste. American’s thought of technological development like a Nascar driver in a race. It was important to get there first and fast.     “ If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights       …

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