This article reported on a meeting held in Muscatine with the Lyons Iowa Central Railroad Company. The railroad company was seeking funding to construct a railroad from Muscatine to Iowa City.
- What arguments did Henry Adams use to convince the Muscatine citizens at the meeting to help fund the Lyons Railroad Company? In what ways would a railroad company benefit the people of Muscatine? What might be some of the arguments against building a railroad?
- What civic responsibility was referenced in this story? What specifically were Muscatine men supposed to do? How would supporting the railroad be an example of demonstrating civic responsibility?
- Henry Adams was a railroad company official. How would his use of the idea of civic responsibility affect men's response to his argument? What would Adams gain if his argument was successful?
"Local Matters - Important Railroad Meeting," Muscatine Journal, pp. 2, 24 February 1854. Courtesy of Library of Congress