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096 the future lay at the end of parallel rails
 

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096 the future lay at the end of parallel rails

 

In the time period of Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow, the railroad systems were really taking off and starting to effect the movement around the country. The future at the end of the parallel rails means that an immigrant can start heading towards a future by traveling to a new area. Tateh and the little girl used these parallel rails to leave the city and to start a new life wherever it is they wanted to settle. More and more of these railroads were built because of their great success. With more of these "parallel rails" around, there is only going faster travel to the "future" as in the next destination or the next stop in life. During this time there were railroads that went over state line, in cities, and even a few subways. It seemed that anywhere that was need to go could be accomplished through using these parallel rains.

Also during this time there was a tunnel that was being made under the East River from Brooklyn to the Battery. This was an extremely daunting project since it involves excavating river bed. This was extremely dangerous work as any sort of mining is.As for the men that did the work, they were call sandhogs and were regarded as heroes. Some people even say that it is not fair for these men to have families because of the overwhelming odds that they won't return home. 






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