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Lucent Books' American History series examines the eras, events, and movements that have shaped U.S. history. Compelling narratives offer a wealth of factual information and also provide readers with insight into the significance of the past and its many legacies. Fully cited quotations from historical figures, eyewitnesses, letters, speeches, and writings bring vibrancy and authority to the text. Sidebars, time lines, indexes, and annotated bibliographies appear in all volumes.
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Table of Contents
Important Dates at the Time of the Transcontinental Railroad 8
Introduction: The Railroad That United a Nation 10
Chapter 1 A Nation Grows Unevenly 14
Chapter 2 Seeking a Route for the Transcontinental Railroad 28
Chapter 3 Planning the Transcontinental Railroad 41
Chapter 4 Union Pacific Builds West 55
Chapter 5 Central Pacific Builds East 67
Chapter 6 The Transcontinental Railroad Changes the Nation 81
For More Information 98
Picture Credits 104
About the Author 104