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The Transcontinental Railroad (In American History)-R. Conrad Stein

  • Title: The Transcontinental Railroad (In American History)
  • Author: R. Conrad Stein
  • Released: 1997-07-01
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  • Pages: 128
  • ISBN: 0894908820
  • ISBN13: 978-0894908828
  • ASIN: 0894908820

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From School Library Journal Grade 5-9?An interesting and well-balanced view of the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869. Moving mostly chronologically, the book describes the genesis of the project, the difficult road to completion, and some of the wide-ranging effects of the construction itself and of the finished railroad. The generally straightforward text digresses at times to offer background information on related events: the beginnings of the Civil War are briefly described so that readers may fully understand why the northern route was chosen and why the eastbound tracks got started first; and other brief sections relate the impact of the project on future events, as when the wave of immigration from China for railroad employment later led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Quotes and anecdotes from railroad workers, reporters, along with source documents, lend firsthand authority to the history. The author clearly describes the crucial roles played by Chinese and Irish workers, as well as the devastating impact the railroad had on American Indians living near its path. The text remains fairly lively throughout, as it shifts smoothly through the political maneuvering, engineering challenges, and wide array of people who played a part in the events. A timeline, maps, and historical photographs and paintings illustrate the text. The presentation here is more matter-of-fact than Rhoda Blumberg's excellent Full Steam Ahead (National Geographic, 1996), but the material is covered well, and the events themselves are fascinating enough to engage readers.?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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