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Railroading began in England in 1825, and by the 1830s, had reached North Carolina, offering a shipping alternative to turnpikes, canals, and steamboats. By 1860, 834 miles of track had been laid. Watson discusses the rise of railroads in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Helen Ashley Carver came to Tryon in 1885 when wages for men were 50 cents a day and for women, 25 cents a day. Carver paid her gardener 65 cents a day and paid a vineyard caretaker $1 a day, after which she was found guilty of raising wages and subsequently became unpopular.\r\n
A history of the political doctrine of \"King Cotton,\" which was based on the idea that if the southern states were to ever secede from the Union, England and France would intervene on behalf of the South as a large portion of their national wealth was tied to Southern cotton. The article is broken into two sections that look at the embargo, 1861-1862 and the reduction of the cotton supply, 1862-1865.