Railroad Fever: Building The Transcontinental Railroad 1830-1870 (crossroads America)
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- ISBN13: 9780792267676
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- Number of Pages: 40
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By the 1840s, daring Americans had been trickling westward to begin a new life in the great wide open. A day in the life of a railroad worker was not an easy one. The"great race"turned into a national pastime-with reports of progress dominating the news. During the"railroad fever"in the 1830s, thousands of miles of track were laid, largely throughout the Northeast too as the South. The constructing employing the railroad turned into a great race between two companies, the Central Pacific and also the Union Pacific, to see who could finish their portion of the railroad more quickly. The work was backbreaking; the conditions were terrible; and workers had been typically faced with attack from Native Americans. The completion from the transcontinental railroad left empty boomtowns across the country, changed the ethnic face of America, and, of course, produced a new exciting and fast way of travel. When gold was discovered in 1848, the promise of riches drew people by the thousands out to California. Also included are a glossary and an index. Railroad Fever illuminates the struggles of the railroad worker, the anger in the Plains Indians, in addition to the a lot of modifications in each American life and geography that had been prompted by the railroad. The company that got farthest stood to generate the most money. Few had dreamt of extending this new travel westward-but all it takes is a number of. Though construction troubles and challenging times confronted them, American workers, Chinese immigrants, and former slaves pounded away by way of the rough geography from the western U. S. , paving a path for the new train. But the journey was slow and dangerous, considering that the best ways of travelling were by wagon and on foot. Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, allowing for the begin of the first transcontinental railroad. Like the other titles inside the Crossroads America series, Railroad Fever is illustrated with period paintings, drawings, and photographs.
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