What reasons did average Americans of the late 1800s have to approve of the railroad companies, and what reasons did they have to disapprove of them?

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Mar 11, 2018

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Some approved of it because it dramatically facilitated transportations of both goods and people and made the conquest of the West possible whereas others, such as the farmers of the Midwest opposed the railroads.

The Populist movement was a major attempt to reduce the power of the railroads such as their ability to control prices at the end of the nineteenth century. It coalesced farmers in the Midwest who wanted to sell crops East.