Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroads

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A fascinating and atmospheric history of the transcontinental railroad—the nineteenth century’s greatest and most relentless feat of national expansion
Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow
unspools the history of the beginnings of the American railroad system. By the mid-nineteenth century, settlers in Missouri and California were separated by a vast landscape that dwarfed and isolated them, conquerable only by “the demonic power of the Iron Horse and its bands of iron track.” Although the building of the great railroad is commonly known as a story of romance, adventure, and progress, it also has a dark side, as profiteers decimated American Indian tribes, exploited workers, and destroyed ecosystems. Despite this, by the turn of the twentieth century, five major railroads would span the continent. This account vividly illustrates the railroad builders’ breathtaking skill, ambition, and ingenuity. . Brown compellingly tells a high-stakes tale, an exhilarating history that still holds lessons for today. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Oct 23, 2012
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9781453274200
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / 19th Century
Technology & Engineering / History
Transportation / Railroads / History
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This content is DRM protected.
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