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Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time$
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Paul W. Rhode, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, and David F. Weiman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771856

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771856.001.0001

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Railroads and the Rise of the Factory: Evidence for the United States, 1850–1870

Railroads and the Rise of the Factory: Evidence for the United States, 1850–1870

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(p.162) Chapter 7 Railroads and the Rise of the Factory: Evidence for the United States, 1850–1870
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Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time
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Jeremy Atack

Michael Haines

Robert A. Margo

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804771856.003.0007

This chapter investigates the impact of the arrival of the railroad on the rise of the factory in mid- nineteenth-century America, and assesses whether improved access to transportation increased the number of manufacturing establishments or factories. Using data from the 1850–1870 censuses of manufacturing, empirical analysis suggests that the coming of the railroad was a causal factor in the rise of factories.

Keywords:   railroad, factory, America, transportation, manufacturing establishments

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