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4. (a) What methods did big railroads use to win and keep business?
(b) How did these practices affect small businesses and farmers?

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  • Social Studies 8R - help!!!!! - , Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:48pm

    In the early days of railroads in the U.S., the big railroads bought out the small railroads. They expanded and did anything to make bigger and bigger profits. These railroads laid their tracks where they wanted, regardless of the needs of farmers and ranchers. Ranches were divided so that it was difficult for the cattle to have free range.

    For more information, read this site.

    http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/old-railroads6.htm

  • Social Studies 8R - help!!!!! - , Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00pm

    "These railroads laid their tracks where they wanted, regardless of the needs of farmers and ranchers. Ranches were divided so that it was difficult for the cattle to have free range."

    Does that answered for the second part of the question?

    BTW - Thank you for the info.

  • Social Studies 8R - help!!!!! - , Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:05pm

    Yes. Also -- the railroads were able to charge high prices for shipping products so that small businesses were often hurt or driven out of business.

    You're welcome.

  • Social Studies 8R - help!!!!! - , Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:54pm

    Thank You! :)

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