The Railroad Grows into an Industry (1840-1850)

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Title details the development of the railroad in the east as a industrial partner in the U.S. Industrial Revolution (1840-1850). This title is intended for upper elementary through middle school students.

The Story of the birth of the railroad and its importance is told in this new six-title series intended to interest children in grades 4 to 8. This moving story, told in narrative form, is of the invention and development of the railroad in the United States and about the men ...

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Overview

Title details the development of the railroad in the east as a industrial partner in the U.S. Industrial Revolution (1840-1850). This title is intended for upper elementary through middle school students.

The Story of the birth of the railroad and its importance is told in this new six-title series intended to interest children in grades 4 to 8. This moving story, told in narrative form, is of the invention and development of the railroad in the United States and about the men who sacrificed to make this dream a reality. The books are organized by theme and years beginning with the locomotive coming to America (1780-1820) to its continued influence in the 20th century. The individual series titles also include the railroads impact on industrial development, the civil war, and the westward expansion.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books present a technology-focused history of the railroad. Each one is devoted to a specific period, and all are written by different authors, which results in an uneven quality. The three volumes that cover the earliest periods are the weakest, largely because their overly technical discussions about the evolution of steam power and railroad technology, usually without adequate illustration, will be difficult for students to understand, and they fail to fully explain how the Industrial Revolution was driving innovation and invention. The three that discuss the later periods fare better, because they include analysis of the societal and economic changes that the railroad created. There is some repetition among the titles. The authors treat their subjects objectively, and the books are illustrated with a mixture of period and contemporary photos and art and documented with chapter notes and bibliographies. These books do not improve on either Milton Meltzer's well-written Hear That Train Whistle Blow! (Random, 2004), a comprehensive single-title overview with an attractive layout, or Martin Sandler's livelier and people-centered titles in Oxford's "Transportation in America" series (2003). They add little to the field, and should be considered as supplemental report choices.—Mary Mueller, formerly at Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612282886
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Railroad in American History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 47
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Continental Expansion 4

Sidebar: Corps of Topographical Engineers 11

Chapter 2

A Transportation Revolution 12

Sidebar: Stagecoaches 19

Chapter 3

A Decade of Innovation 20

Sidebar: Railroad Bridges 25

Chapter 4

Growth Spurt 26

Sidebar: Train Stations 33

Chapter 5

Railroad Moguls 34

Sidebar: Steamships 41

Timeline 42

Chapter Notes 43

Works Consulted 44

Further Reading 45

Books 45

On the Internet 45

Glossary 45

Index 47

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