The Social, Political and Economic Effects of the Railroad in Canada and the United States

Horváth, Gábor
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The United States of America and Canada compromise most of the Northern American Continent, or the New World as it is called sometimes. But there are more differences than can be seen at the first glance. These differences are the most interesting in the relationship of these nations. What makes two historically and culturally parallel countries to differ on certain points? What makes the Canadian temperament and mentality different from the American? This is the question I will delve into, and the specific aspect I have chosen to examine is a turning point for not just these two countries, but all countries in the west: the emergence of the railroad. The reason why I haven chosen this aspect is that it was a crucial part of the development of both countries, a time of change, and these changes are which I will examine to show the differences between the countries’ attitudes and mentalities. The railroad was, and is, more than simply a new mode of transportation, it proved to be a catalyst for trading, industry, not to mention the repercussions it caused in society.
railroad, Canada, United States of America