Uncovering American History: A Primary Source Investigation of the Transcontinental Railroad, 1st Edition

  • Xina M. Uhl
  • Published By: Rosen Central
  • ISBN-10: 1508184259
  • ISBN-13: 9781508184256
  • DDC: 385.0973
  • Grade Level Range: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
  • 64 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released August 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Before the merging of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, traveling West was a perilous, time-consuming endeavor. Native Americans hunted vast herds of buffalo across the plains and a few hardy pioneers lived in scattered, isolated settlements. The construction of the transcontinental railroad would change all that, opening up the means for coast-to-coast travel, boosting private enterprise, and nearly destroying Native Americans for good. A feat of engineering genius and human endeavor, this timely volume illuminates the hardships, accomplishments, greed, and racial conflicts of one of America's greatest achievements.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Going West.
2: Four Tycoons.
3: Pickaxes and Railroad Ties.
4: The Sierra Nevada and Beyond.
5: The Tracks Meet.
Primary Source Transcriptions.
For More Information.
For Further Reading.
About the Authors.
Photo Credits.