The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad

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The Incredible Transcontinental Railroad: Stories in American History

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Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Part of the "Stories in American History" series, this book tells the story of the transcontinental railroad, from the doctrine of Manifest Destiny to the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah and beyond. Stein begins with an account of the ceremony at Promontory Point that marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad, then jumps back in time for a very brief overview of the circumstances that led to a desire for such a railroad. Told in alternating perspectives, this book follows the stories of both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad companies. Stein explores the differences and similarities in the difficulties each company faced while undertaking this major project. While the Union Pacific relied heavily on Irish and other European immigrants to provide the labor for rail construction, the Central Pacific found an unexpectedly hardy workforce in Chinese and Native American workers. This melding of cultures and customs made the transcontinental railroad a truly multicultural project, with all the difficulties such a melding of cultures is sure to produce. Stein pulls from diary accounts, business and land records, travel logs and newspaper reports to weave the story of the railroad, giving the story a wonderful depth and dimension. A timeline and index in the back of the book make it easy to navigate the pages when searching for specific information about the railroad. Chapter notes and lists of books and websites for further reading make this book a good jumping-off point for researching the transcontinental railroad. It could be used in a school library or by anyone fascinated by American history. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
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Gr 5–8—Updated versions of the publisher's "In American History" series, these titles are characterized by solid research, dramatic details, and an accessible and attractive format. Each volume opens with a vivifying vignette: a foghorn sounding in a Buffalo, NY, harbor as three fugitive slaves enter the final leg of their journey to freedom, a man with gold fever whistling "Yankee Doodle" as he pushes a wheelbarrow full of his belongings westward. The volumes then transition into chapters that relay historical information, including facts about the political and social climate of the time, with excitement. These revisions consist mainly of improving the color quality and increasing the number of photographs, maps, and ephemera. Thorough and engaging, they are representative of what lively writing and clean, clear presentation can do to add oomph to history lessons.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464400261
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Stories in American History
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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