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Inventors and Inventions
Granville T. Woods

Inventors and Inventions
Inventors and Inventions

Granville T. Woods
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.9

     challenging words:    conduction, further, synchronous, incubator, hands-on, collision, spike, furnace, booming, electronics, advance, boiler, inventor, operation, brakes, engineer
     content words:    Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad, Promontory Point, East Coast, United States, Granville T., Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, Once Granville Woods, Granville Woods, Black Edison

Granville T. Woods
By Sharon Fabian

1     In the second half of the 1800s, railroad transportation was booming. Americans were traveling by rail. Both the North and the South had used railroads to transport troops in the Civil War. In 1869, the long awaited Transcontinental Railroad was finally completed when the final spike was driven in at Promontory Point, Utah. On the East Coast, railway travel was becoming popular. Railroad lines were extended to carry more and more passengers. By the late 1800s, there were about 200,000 miles of track in the United States.
2     As the railroad system grew, trains were also becoming larger and more powerful. Much of the railroad technology was new, too. The result of all of this growth and change was that railroads became dangerous for workers and for passengers. Switchmen and brakemen knew that their jobs were dangerous. Many of them died while doing their job.
3     A collision between two trains must have been a horrible sight. Unfortunately, collisions did happen since early trains had no way of communicating with each other or with the train station.

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