The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation


Sacramento, CA



June 23- 28, 2019 or July 7-12, 2019 (1 week)


Summer Program

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Using the railroad as a common point of reference; this workshop will expand teachers' understanding of Gilded Age history and culture. We will explore how the Transcontinental Railroad inaugurated national transportation and communication networks, a national marketplace for the passage of goods, a much larger-scaled industrial capitalism, and a larger-scaled labor movement to oppose it. The rail line made possible the mass settlement of the West and changed the course of American history. We will come to see the railroad as the connection between economic, social; environmental, and cultural systems, and as a useful device for teaching the era.

Project Director(s)

Louis Warren; Stacey Greer

Visiting Faculty

Rachel St. John; Richard White; Gordon Chang; Khal Schneider; Katharine Cortes; Jeffery Pollard; Mallorie Marsh; Phil Sexton

Grantee Institution

University of California, Davis