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Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad

Author: David Haward Bain
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
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Chronicles the events that took place in the thirty years it took to complete the first transcontinental railroad, profiling the key players in its development, the major setbacks the workers faced, and the public objections to the railroad's completion.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Haward Bain
ISBN: 067080889X 9780670808892
OCLC Number: 41488719
Description: xiii, 797 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. 1845-57: A procession of dreamers : "For all the human family" ; "Who can oppose such a work?" ; "I must walk toward Oregon" ; "The great object for which we were created" ; "An uninhabited and dreary waste" --
pt. II. 1860-61: Union, disunion, incorporation : "Raise the money and I will build your road" ; "There comes crazy Judah" ; "The marks left by the Donner Party" ; "The most difficult country ever conceived" ; "We have drawn the elephant" --
pt. III. 1863: Last of the dreamers : "Speculation is as fatal to it as secession" ; "I have had a big row and fight" --
pt. IV. 1864: Struggle for momentum : "First dictator of the railroad world" ; "Dancing with a whirlwind" ; "Trustees of the bounty of Congress" --
pt. V. 1865: The losses mount : "The great cloud darkening the land" ; "If we can save our scalps" ; "I hardly expect to live to see it completed" --
pt. VI. 1866: Eyeing the main chance : "Vexation, trouble, and continual hindrance" ; "The Napoleon of railways" ; "We swarmed the mountains with men" ; "Until they are severely punished" --
pt. VII. 1867: Hell on wheels : "Nitroglycerine tells" ; "Our future power and influence" ; "They all died in their boots" ; "There are only five of us" --
pt. VIII. 1868: Going for broke : "More hungry men in Congress" ; "Bring on your eight thousand men" ; "We are in a terrible sweat" ; "A man for breakfast every morning" --
pt. IX. 1869: Battleground and meeting ground : "A resistless power" ; "We have got done praying" --
pt. X. 1872-73: Scandals, scapegoats, and dodgers --
"Trial of the innocents."
Responsibility: David Haward Bain.
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Chronicles the events that took place in the thirty years it took to complete the first transcontinental railroad, profiling the key players in its development, the major setbacks the workers faced, and the public objections to the railroad's completion.

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