The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
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.
Funded through the Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops grant of the Division of Education Programs