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"Although the economic growth of the United States between 1860 and 1900 has been attributed to a governmental policy of laissez-faire, it was in fact encouraged and sustained by direct government intervention." Assess the validity of this statement.

What are somethings I can write about if I disagree with the statement?

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    You can start by studying this article. Then do further research.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_history_of_the_United_States#The_Gilded_Age:_1865.E2.80.931900

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    It only talked about how technologies and raw materials contributed to the economical growth, but I'm having trouble with actually how to link those ideas to the actually question.

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    Since technologies and raw materials contributed to the economic growth, doesn't that show that direct government intervention didn't play a major role?

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    But didn't the government regulated the transcontinental railroads, which transported raw materials? and also the Federal land grants?

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    It regulated them, but was the growth sustained by the government?

    If your answer is yes, then you must agree with the statement.

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    So all I need to state why my argument is right, and don't have to include why the counter-argument is wrong...?

    I think I'm making this more difficult than it should be.

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    I know i'm a year late but you can talk about how the government subsidized loans and granted land to companies

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