Here is the gripping account of the fever that swept the nation for four decades, culminating in the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869. Through lively text, period paintings, and vintage photographs, Railroad Fever vividly recounts the struggle of the stalwart laborers, many of whom were Chinese immigrants; the intrusion into Native American lands and the resulting feuds; and the ultimate impact the railroad had on the geographic and economic complexion of America. With an engaging and visually appealing format, the story provides children with an accurate understanding of western expansion and the industrial revolution.
This series highlights specific periods and events from America's past and explains how they helped shape our country's history. Featuring lavish illustrations, period artwork, drawings, and photographs, the visual appeal alone is enough to engage young readers. The addition of carefully researched text that is both interesting and highly accessible led The American Library Association's Book List to name this series one of the ''Top Ten Nonfiction Series'' of 2004.