expansion of railroads

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Did the expansion of railroads level the playing field for farmers and merchants

Oct 21st, 2015

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The short answer: Yes. It opened up many markets for farmers and merchants.

The long answer: Absolutely not. The expression "railroad baron" exists for a reason. The expansion of railroads, at least in the United States, was run by a very tight oligopoly that wielded all power. Therefore, in order to do business, merchants and farmers were beholden to every whim of the railroad barons.

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