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Title:
The transcontinental railroad
Author:
Streissguth, Thomas, 1958-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the history of the transcontinental railroad, including the construction of the Central Pacific, Union Pacific, and other related railroads which joined the east and west coasts by meeting at Promontory Point, Utah.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 5.0 51647.
ISBN:
9781560065647
Format :
Book

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Completed in 1869, the transcontinental railroad fulfilled the long-held vision of a single transportation and trade route across the North American continent. Skilled engineers and laborers built the railroad, while devious speculators on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts maneuvered to profit by it This book describes, the design, financing, and construction of one of the largest engineering projects in history.


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Gr. 6^-8. Streissguth offers a clear and detailed account of the history of the transcontinental railroad, part of the Building History series. The text is nicely laid out, with a time line, photos, engravings, maps, and sidebars that focus on specific incidents of interest--from passenger service to surveying problems. Streissguth does not whitewash history; his discussion of Chinese immigrant laborers mentions anti-Asian sentiment and some of the resulting violence against the Chinese. The occasionally dry text is animated by judicious use of other sources, including firsthand accounts of the action, and the bibliographies are varied, listing scholarly books on railroad history as well as picture books on trains. A valuable resource for school libraries and curriculum support. --Debbie Carton