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  专四考前预测——听写(2):Railroad

  Nineteenth-century writers in the United States were powerfully drawn to the railroad in its golden years. In fact, writers responded to the railroads as soon as they began to be built in the 1830's. By the 1850's, the railroad was a major presence in the life of the nation. Most writers saw the railroad both as a benefit to democracy and as an object of suspicion. The railroad could ruin nature. Furthermore, in its manifestation of speed and noise, it might ruin human nature as well. By the 1850's and 1860's, there was a great distrust among writers and intellectuals of the rapid industrialization of which the railroad was a leading force. Some philosophical historians regretted the role that the new passion for business was playing in eroding traditional values. A distrust of industry and business continued among writers throughout the rest of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth.

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