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Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad David Haward Bain

Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

David Haward Bain

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ISBN : 9780756764494
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797 pages
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Beginning in 1842 with a visionarys dream to span the continent with a single railroad line, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a newMoreBeginning in 1842 with a visionarys dream to span the continent with a single railroad line, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. Culminating in the driving of the Golden Spike in the Utah desert in 1869, which touched off a frenzy of celebration, the narrative ends in 1873 in Washington under the Capitol rotunda, with the crushing fall of a popular politician and the exposure of a powerful, hidden railroad lobby - a scandal, which, for half a year, dominated the press and the countrys imagination.