Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (July 1, 2004)
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via the 1840s, bold americans have been trickling westward to start a brand new existence within the nice vast open. whilst gold used to be found in 1848, the promise of riches drew humans through the hundreds of thousands out to California. however the trip was once sluggish and unsafe, because the top methods of vacationing have been by way of wagon and on foot.During the railroad fever of the 1830s, hundreds of thousands of miles of tune have been laid, commonly during the Northeast and the South. Few had dreamt of extending this new commute westward-but all it takes is some. Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, taking into consideration the beginning of the 1st transcontinental railroad.Though building difficulties and tough instances faced them, American staff, chinese language immigrants, and previous slaves pounded away in the course of the tough geography of the western united states, paving a direction for the recent train.A day within the lifetime of a railroad employee used to be now not a simple one. The paintings was once backbreaking; the stipulations have been negative; and staff have been frequently confronted with assault from local americans. The construction of the railroad became a superb race among businesses, the valuable Pacific and the Union Pacific, to work out who may well end their a part of the railroad speedier. the corporate that obtained farthest stood to take advantage of funds. the nice race became a countrywide pastime-with experiences of development dominating the news.Railroad Fever illuminates the struggles of the railroad employee, the anger of the Plains Indians, and the numerous alterations in either American existence and geography that have been caused by way of the railroad. The of entirety of the transcontinental railroad left empty boomtowns around the state, replaced the ethnic face of the US, and, in fact, created a brand new fascinating andfast manner of travel.Like the opposite titles within the Crossroads the USA sequence, Railroad Fever is illustrated with interval work, drawings, and pictures. additionally integrated are a word list and an index.