The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Labor
–The Industrial Revolution that occurred in the years after the Civil
War had consequences for almost all aspects of society.Discuss the
The Industrial Revolution following the Civil War had a tremendous
impact on farmers.Many events came together to make agriculture both
boom and bust.Cattle ranchers began to see huge profits, small farms
joined together, people moved out west, and farmers began to influence
At the end of the Civil War, the large state of Texas was home to
several million long-horned cattle.Because the animals were scrawny
compared to modern times, and because the farmers had no way of getting
their cattle to the eastern market, the cows were mostly raised for
their hide.However, ranchers would soon be able to get their product
The farmers' troubles were solved when the transcontinental railroad
linked the nation.Cattle could now be transported by train to large
stockyards were they would be processed. "Beef barons" like the swifts
and the Armours led the way for the new industry.Beef soon became a
major part of our nation's economy.The major cities of Chicago and
Kansas City were Meccas for the ranchers.From cities like these, the
freshly butchered meat could be shipped in the newly perfected
refrigerator cars all the way to the eastern market.
The cattle were delivered to the slaughterhouses by the "long drive".
Texas cowboys-black, white, and Mexican- drove tens of thousands of cows
to their final destination. On their way to the towns, the animals would
graze on the open range eating government grass.Some of the favorite
terminal points were towns like Dodge City, Abilene, Ogallala, and
Cheyenne.These new towns were all controlled by marshals like
Abilene's James B. "Wild Bill" Hickcock.
The Long Drive proved profitable as long as the cattle coul…