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"Carrying the Load" Essay from The Goldfinch, November 1983

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Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, "Carrying the Load," The Goldfinch, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 11, November 1983


This essay from The Goldfinch explains how the railroad affected people's lives in a variety of ways during the age of industry.

Transcript of "Carrying the Load" Essay from The Goldfinch

Source-Dependent Questions

  • What is a "wish book," and how did they change the way people purchased things during the age of industry?
  • After reading this article, look again at the photo of the post office in Solon, Iowa. Based on what you noticed about the photo, why would moving the mail by railroad be more effective?
  • What evidence in the text supports how communication and transportation affected people's lives during the time of industrialization?