Railroads and Farming

Railroads and Farming

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  • Railroads were much faster than horse carriages and steamboats. Trains turned trips that would take days into hours. It was also cheaper to ship goods this way. instead of being $1 for every 100 miles, it was only 50 cents.
  • While farming, farmers had trouble with the top of the soil being hard, this led to the creation of the deep steel plow. Farmers also began to use horse drawn plows and threshers.
  • Labor unions supported the interest of workers. The worked for improvement of hour, wages, and working condition. Popularity started to decline when a railroad union led a successful strike against Jay Gould Wabash in 1885. After this, people believed work unions stopped work.
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