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Technology and the End of Isolation in America Introduction In what ways has technology ended the physical and intellectual isolation of Americans? Technology has played a big part in our culture and will continue to do so. Technology is vital to our nation and to the entire world, without technology, we would not have some of the inventions we have today, like radios, TVs, cars and the list could go on and on. Technology has ended the physical and intellectual isolation of Americans with different means of travel, the internet and devices like the computer, radios and smart phones. Travel There have been many technological advances in the form of travel that have helped the American people overcome isolation, such as, the railroad, the airplane and the automobile. “Railroad history in the United States is nearly as old as the country itself, dating back to the mid-1820s. As we know this great nation of ours would not have grown and prospered as it did without the railroads, which brought together the young United States and allowed for unprecedented growth and prosperity. Railroads could cut the distant it took between cities by steamboat in half. A good example is traveling between Cincinnati and St. Louis. By water this trip took 702 miles and three days but by railroad it took only 339 miles and 16 hours.” (King, 2011). Being able to cut a trip by more than two days in time and less than half in miles would have been a great feat. People could visit family in other parts of the country or travel or move there in a much timelier manner. The railroad is still used today but not to the extent it was used back in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Trains today seemed to be used more for moving materials or merchandise than taking humans from place to place. It is to know that such a great invention is still being used today when there are so many different

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