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American Progress, The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad  


  • American Progress, The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

  • Registration for this class is closed. This class is in session.
    • Fee: $40.00

    • Dates: 3/8/2021 - 4/26/2021

      Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    • Days: M

    • Sessions: 8

    • Building: Online

      Room: ZOOM

    • Instructor: Matthew Hermes

    • This is the dramatic story of the Transcontinental Railroad. Tunneling by Chinese immigrants and grading and rail-laying by Civil War veterans linked Omaha and Sacramento and authenticated our “Manifest Destiny”. Heroes: Lincoln and Theodore Judah. Villains: Thomas Durant and Collis Huntington. Victims: American Indians whose Great Plains resources were destroyed. We will remember 20th century railroading and show the diminished state of passenger rail in the United States today.