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The Civil War

Freedom and 49 other ways it changed American life

A high-tech nation

The war years brought technological advances:

23. 15,000 miles of new telegraph lines, which reached the West Coast

24. Mass production of canned food

25. Battlefield photography

26. Transcontinental Railroad

Everyday things

Wartime helped devise or popularize parts of our daily lives:

27. Can openers

28. Home-delivered mail

29. Left and right shoes shaped differently

30. Standard premade clothing in sizes small, medium and large

31. National paper currency

Next: What military advances arose as a result of the Civil War?

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