Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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Diane Publishing Company, 1999 - Transportation - 797 pages
Beginning in 1842, Bain captures three dramatic decades in which the U.S. effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. The narrative ends in 1873 in Washington, DC, with the crushing fall of a popular politician and the exposure of a powerful, hidden railroad lobby -- a scandal which dominated the press and the country's imagination for six months. The book draws on original sources and provides a new dimension not only to the epic endeavor of the transcontinental railroad but also to the culture, political struggles and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history. "A drama of conflict, adventure, excitement, and suspense." Archival photos.

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Transcontinental Railroad — building all crooks — wonder it got built! — Very interesting history of country After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth ... Read full review

EMPIRE EXPRESS: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

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A compelling, comprehensive account of one of history's greatest construction projects. On May 10, 1869, when telegraph lines carried the news that the transcontinental railroad was finally complete ... Read full review

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