Ten Mile Day: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Ten Mile Day: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

by Mary Ann Fraser, Mary Ann Fraser
     
 

An inclusive, multicultural portrait of a thrilling day in the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad. "In her well-researched text, Fraser incorporates fascinating detail . . . while honestly addressing the prejudice faced by Chinese laborers."--Kirkus. Full color.  See more details below

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An inclusive, multicultural portrait of a thrilling day in the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad. "In her well-researched text, Fraser incorporates fascinating detail . . . while honestly addressing the prejudice faced by Chinese laborers."--Kirkus. Full color.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- The day that 10 miles of railroad track were laid on the Union Pacific end of the transcontinental railroad was indeed a remarkable one for laborers, suppliers, and organizers. It was never duplicated. Other historians mention this achievement, but Fraser captures the action in brilliantly rendered oils. Her laborers look like workers--not just men standing around. In a few useful sidebars and in informative endpapers, she adds details that enlarge upon and enhance the text. For the full history of 19th-century railroad building--with its problems, politics, people--read Leonard Everett Fisher's Tracks Across America (Holiday, 1992). But Ten Mile Day is in a class by itself. It is a picture-book slice of American history that should pique readers' interest. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
Carolyn Phelan
The title refers to April 28, 1869, the day when the Central Pacific Railroad crew, racing to complete the transcontinental railroad and to win the $10,000 wager their boss had placed, laid more than 10 miles of track between sunup and sundown. Fraser highlights her narration of that event with boxed sidebars that fill in background material concerning the planning and building of the railway; the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads; prejudice against the Irish and, particularly, the Chinese workmen; the Golden Spike; and the impact of the transcontinental railroad on the bison, the Native Americans, and the settlement of the country. On every page, paintings in soft, glowing colors clarify and dramatize the text. An appealing resource for classroom history units on the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805019025
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
89
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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