Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser

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About ten years before Theodore Dreiser was born--that is to say, roughly, about 1860---the whole economic and cultural aspect of the United States underwent a profound revolution. Not since the sinking of the Spanish Armada released new energies and stimulated national expansion under the reign of Elizabeth in England, had any country experienced so vast a transformation as that which came about by the realization of the possibilities of cheap transportation by rail and rapid communication between producing and distributing centers by telegraph. Let me quote from the most succinct and authoritative survey of America's industrial growth that has yet been written, Garret Garrett article on Business in Civilization in the United States :

"On the map of 1850 the railroads resemble earthworms afraid to leave water and go . . .

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