Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Civil War

To what extent did the building of the first transcontinental railroad linking the East and the West contribute to the wrenching apart of the North and the South?

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Congress deadlocked over whether to use a northern or southern route from 1845 until 1862 with the departure of Southern Senators during the Civil War, so the premise of the question gets the cause and effect backwards.

The transcontinental railroad which was approved by the 1860 platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties could not be approved until after the start of the Civil War because the northern and southern politicians could not reach agreement about where the railroad would be built. The Pacific Railroad Act passage on July 1, 1862 had to wait until after the Southern Senators withdrew from the United States Senate at the start of the Civil War.

The surveys for the possible railroad routes had been made years earlier under United States Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, who became the President of the Confederate States of America.

1/15/2013 2:19 PM  

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