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Transcontinental Railroad (1 of 5)

By the middle of the 19th century, the benefits brought by the host of advances of the industrial age were gradually beginning to reach America, which soon developed a spectacular achievement of its own – the Transcontinental Railway, reaching right across the continent. They battled against hostile terrain, hostile inhabitants, civil war and the Wild West. With two teams, one building from the east and the other from California in the west, they battled against hostile terrain, hostile inhabitants, civil war and the Wild West. Yet in 1869, the two teams’ tracks were joined, shrinking the whole American continent, as the journey from New York to San Francisco was reduced from months to days.

Transcontinental Railroad (2 of 5)

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Richard White (6/8/11)

Myths About the Transcontinental Railroad and the Building of the American West
Richard White, Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Drawing on his extensive knowledge on the American West and 12 years of research on the railroads, White will reveal the social and economic impact the transcontinental railroad has had on shaping the United States into what it is today. With an iconoclastic perspective, White recasts our understanding of the Gilded Age. Hop aboard as White explores 19th-century politics, greed, corruption, money, and corporate arrogance — and the America formed out of them after the Civil War.

Transcontinental Railroad

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/rr-transcontinental-railway.htm

Background Articles and Videos

The Transcontinental Railroad: Uniting the States of America  (2010 National History Day)

Extreme Trains – Transcontinental (Season 01 Episode 08)

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