What are three factors which accounted for the rapid rise of the industrial growth in America?1850-1900

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Many things are conducive to successful industry. These are not limited to, but include laborers, natural resources, and capital.  Three of the factors which influenced the growth of the industrial segment of American in the years between 1850-1900 are transportation, immigration, and technology. 

It was during this time that we, as a nation, completed the Transcontinental Railroad.  This allowed for the shipment of cargo from one coast to the next.  Goods and cargo could now be shipped and arrive before it was damaged, ruined, or spoiled.  Another important event was the arrival on our East coast of thousands and thousands of immigrants looking for work.  They came into our country looking for the "American Dream."  The immigrants were willing to work long hard hours for little pay and poor conditions in order to advance their wealth and their living conditions.  America was ripe with natural resources from which to draw on for steel, coal, water, lumber and every other item needed to build industry.  Inventors were creating new technology that helped make more efficient machines, and better factories.  These factories produced more goods and the cities grew larger and more productive.