Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad

Full Steam Ahead The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad Influenced both by the Gold Rush and the Civil War America came to realize that a link to the far West was vital In the mid s the Union Pacific railroad company along with their rival the Cent

  • Title: Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad
  • Author: Rhoda Blumberg
  • ISBN: 9780792227151
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Influenced both by the Gold Rush and the Civil War, America came to realize that a link to the far West was vital In the mid 1800s, the Union Pacific railroad company, along with their rival, the Central Pacific company, raced to cover the most ground before meeting at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869 Blumberg vividly evokes the people, places, danger and perseverance surInfluenced both by the Gold Rush and the Civil War, America came to realize that a link to the far West was vital In the mid 1800s, the Union Pacific railroad company, along with their rival, the Central Pacific company, raced to cover the most ground before meeting at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869 Blumberg vividly evokes the people, places, danger and perseverance surrounding an American milestone Over 70 period illus Young Adult.

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    1. The book Full steam ahead gives a brief run-down of the past history before the transcontinental railroad, such as the Manifest Destiny, California Gold Rush Civil War, and etc. It talks about the history of Asa Whitney who was a trader with China and did not appreciate how it took literally months for goods to sail across the sea. Whitney argued that with trains you could get goods from Eastern factories and farms from Western factories and ship those goods to China. Whitney proposed to congres [...]

    2. First, I would like to say that I am baffled as to why this book would be considered for 9-12 graders. I think the book is more appropriate for 6-8 graders. I wouldn't want my high school students using this book as a source for a research paper. I would encourage them to use the sources in the back of the book in order to support their claims. I only gave the book a three because I don't really like how it celebrates the event. I would use this book to discuss how America often abuses minoritie [...]

    3. Well written and interesting how the author inserted her opinions of the historical situations, not just reporting "facts." The historical characters and events are more memorable for her occasional opinions. I wish more information was concentrated on the Chinese rail workers experiences, as the Native American's experiences were documented. Perhaps not many accounts were written of this, so it's more difficult to include? I was happy to see lots of large photographs and drawings to depict hist [...]

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