Manifestation Of The Transcontinental Railroad

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The First Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869 by the U.S. government under president and former Army general Ulysses S. Grant, was a defining moment in American history. The railroad, which stretches across 1,900 miles of mountainous terrain, was completed nearly 6 years after construction began in 1863. The First Transcontinental Railroad became the cornerstone of the economic prosperity in the western United States, allowing American citizens to conveniently travel to the west coast in a matter of days. The creation of this railroad, along with the American dream of unifying the coasts, is what ultimately drove Americans to colonizing and transforming the west into the urban environment it is today. Significantly, this railroad became the physical manifestation of Manifest Destiny, or the idea that America not only could, but was destined to be connected between its coasts. The First Transcontinental Railroad became the physical manifestation of the American Identities consisting of American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, as well as the fundamental American ideals such as prosperity, freedom, and democracy which were first brought to the continent in the 1600s.

During the time of construction, the First Transcontinental Railroad not only unified America, but unified the world through the lens of American Exceptionalism. Subsequently, American Exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique among all other nations of the world through the idea of democracy and liberty. The construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad brought workers from all over the globe, uniting them in order to achieve a common goal: transforming the world. Out of the 10,000 total workers constructing the First Transcontinental Railroad, nearly two-thirds of them were Chinese, and many more were Irish. This idea of American Exceptionalism and the idea of prosperity in the United States is one of the main reasons that the First Transcontinental Railroad brought many immigrants from around the world to the United States during the mid 1800s. Conclusively, the idea of being unique among other nations through freedom, liberty, and democracy is what drove immigrants to come to the United States in order to
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