Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

20/7/2012

America steams ahead: Incredible black-and-white pictures capture how railroads and steamboats helped forge its future at the turn of the 20th century

They are images of a nation in motion – of a country building its future with expanding railroads and industrial opportunities.

These glorious black-and-white photographs, which have been released by the Library of Congress, reveal America reveling in its new-found productivity, at a time when steam engines and steamboats were forging the nation ahead.

The images, taken between 1870 and 1920, capture the determination with which America tackled the new century – and how the country also began enjoying the fruits of the 19th century’s industrial labour, in what was termed the Gilded Age. for more click here

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