How did the railroad influence the miners, ranchers, farmers, and Indians?Unit 6 (The Closing of the West) of the American History book. I need short paragraphs.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Seeing that your answer is supposed to come from a textbook, I would go to that source as the primary basis for your answer.  Certainly, you can take others' thoughts, but if there is a textbook involved, you might be assessed on the answer that it gives, as opposed to anyone else.  This certainly might be the case in my mind.  I think that the first three groups mentioned all benefitted greatly from the presence of the railroad and the expansion along with connection it brought to america.  Farmers and ranchers were able to find new land to homestead and develop.  Miners were able to excavate new areas, untouched by others, and stake their claim to it.  For these groups, economic results trumped all else.  There were other advantages such as the expansion and pursuit of freedom as well as new social opportunities that emerged, but I think that economics played a vital role in this process.  I don't think that the same can be said for the Native Americans, who saw their own interests dwindle in the face of White expansion.  The railroad brought more people from the East and Midwest to the West, and enabled the takeover of Native American lands and interests to be complete.  Perhaps, you can find evidence in your textbook that discusses these points with the detail that can enable you to compose a multiple paragraph based answer to the question.  Certainly, there were some instances where collaboration was evident, but for the most part, it became an issue of domination, where only one group could win.  For the most part, this was the group that consisted of the miners, ranchers, and farmers.  The recognition of one group's interests ended up resulting at the cost of another.