American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad

American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad

Director: Michael Chin, Mark Zwonitzer

Cast: Michael Chin, Mark Zwonitzer, Michael Murphy

     
 

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Documentary filmmakers offer a fascinating look at one of the most spectacular engineering feats of the 19th Century as the story of the Transcontinental Railroad comes to life in a film that's sure to appeal to historians and railroad enthusiasts alike. As legions of tireless workers toiled for six years to realize the vision of shady entrepreneurs and imaginative… See more details below

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Documentary filmmakers offer a fascinating look at one of the most spectacular engineering feats of the 19th Century as the story of the Transcontinental Railroad comes to life in a film that's sure to appeal to historians and railroad enthusiasts alike. As legions of tireless workers toiled for six years to realize the vision of shady entrepreneurs and imaginative engineers, the remarkable railway dream slowly became a reality. But not everyone was so pleased with the remarkable achievement. Despite the devastating effect that the tremendous transportation breakthrough would have on the Native American population, the lasting impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on the politics and culture of a rapidly expanding country would forever mark it as an invaluable component of the American success story.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
UPC:
0841887006224
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Transcontinental Railroad
2. Introduction [4:39]
3. Mapping the Route [10:17]
4. The Central Pacific [9:32]
5. The Union Pacific and Credit Mobilier [8:29]
6. Chinese Laborers [7:37]
7. Civil War Veterans [3:47]
8. Conflicts With Plains Indians [6:21]
9. "Hell on Wheels" [8:15]
10. Blasting Through Donner Summit [6:30]
11. Buying Influence and Fighting Indians [10:17]
12. Governing New Settlements [3:11]
13. Central Pacific Advances [1:40]
14. The Race to Utah [15:59]
15. East and West Meet [3:06]
16. Epilogue [4:58]
17. Credits [2:02]

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