Luann Bourgeon, Baltimore Sun
Sept. 12, 1850
What is meant by revolution? I think it is the overthrow of the old to the uprising of the new. It is the evolution of our world. For the past 50 years, I have witnessed some tremendous changes in this nation, from boats without steam engines to railroads spreading all across the nation. Transportation revolution has earned its triumph, not only it happened under many harsh conditions, but also it directly thrived the economics of the country. A faster pace of life has woken the country to a brighter future.
Several inventions of the century shown in the picture have influenced our nation the most, especially economically. The South and the North eventually connected when New Orleans broke ground and sailed all the way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans despite the unknown difficulties. New York and the Mideast thrived economically due to the operation of the Erie Canal in 1825, though the canal project had faced many objections before its construction. If it was not the uprising of New York State threatening our status in the nation, the Baltimore and Ohio Railway might not even come to existence, which turned out to be the longest and most widespread railway system in the nation.
With all the outstanding individuals who invented these technologies, Robert Fulton, Peter Cooper, the industrious workers who have spent years of constructing and the tactful leaders who insisted in their ideas, De Witt Clinton, our nation get to reach its prosperity we are experiencing now. Transportation is not just simply a tool to move around, it derives time, money and advancement. It is the production of an era, I believe, even railroad system would be replaced by some new kinds of technologies in the future. The needs of the people and rapid development of our society would eventually lead to fancier creations. Hold your applause till the next miracle.