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Internal Improvements in Antebellum North Carolina: State Aid, Railroads, and the Lower Cape Fear

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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.