A Technological Revelation: this report takes you through specific technology and how it advanced how we live.

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A Technological Revelation

Through the years inventors have helped to improve technology and the conveniences of life. A revolution took place, after the Civil War, in order for us to get to where we are today. Life in the 1800's wasn't as simple there was no electricity, telephones, long train ride transportation or running water. Though living in the 1800's were not easy as the inventions were becoming more modernized. Our antiques were there latest and best of that time. "Between 1860 and 1890 500,000 patents were issued for such as the typewriter, sewing machine, and the phonograph." These inventors and inventions led the way to what we now take for granted. Among the many industries

during this revolution the railroad, especially took off.

After the Civil War transportation improved greatly along with the rest of America. The Transcontinental Railroad extending from coast to coast was a big improvement, as new rails were being laid between Nebraska and Sacramento.

" On May 10, 1869 at a place called Promontory Point Central Pacific president Leland Stanford raised his hammer to drive the final, golden spike." the railroad was finished a telegraph operator tapped out to excited awaiting crowds. By 1870 goods and passengers were able to travel, however problems soon arose. Scheduling proved very difficult as people set their clocks to there solar time. With passengers this became very chaotic when trains had to be on time. "In 1883 the railroads adopted a national system of time zones to improve scheduling." A big event in 1869 was when George Westinghouse developed

more effective air brakes slowly safety was improving. In 1887 telegraphs were invented to communicate with moving trains to further prevent head on collisions. "Through the

mid-1800's the nation depended on iron for railroad rails and the frames of large...