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Railroad Fever: Building the Transcontinental Railroad 1830 - 1870 (Crossroads America) Library Binding – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Crossroads America
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792269934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792269939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,251,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Arranged in six chapters with one-page subtopics, this book presents a brief but thorough discussion of the railroad as it relates to the history, environment, and social conditions in the United States. Halpern covers the need for improved transportation, the planning and funding of the railroad, the opposition to its construction, the workers and working conditions, the "great race," and the advent of train robbers. The pleasing format features wide margins, neatly arranged text, sidebars, and numerous illustrations (vintage black-and-white photos, sepia photos, two maps, and several attractive softly tinted, pen-and-ink drawings). Informative captions and quotations from famous Americans of the time enhance the narrative. Rhoda Blumberg's Full Steam Ahead (National Geographic, 1996) has several similarities (including five photos) to this title, but offers more in-depth coverage on a higher reading level, making the two books good companions. This is a first-choice purchase for its visually appealing presentation and its succinct yet thorough treatment of the topic.–Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Reviewed with Daniel Rosen's Independence Now.

Gr. 3-5. Designed to shed light on themes in U.S. history, these volumes in the new Crossroads America series pair colorful, dramatic illustrations--most, but not all, period--with easily digested narratives divided into one- or two-page topical segments. Halpern traces the construction and influence of the transcontinental railroad, providing glimpses of everything from train robbers and travel aboard first-class Pullman and last-class "Zulu" cars to the railroads' effects on emigration. Focusing on just a few major battles, Rosen views the American Revolution as a kind of civil war, lucidly showing how a combination of military mismanagement and persistent misjudgment of their opponents caused the British to lose the war. Both authors consider the contributions of women and minority groups, tuck numerous pithy quotes into side boxes, and close with short glossaries. Aside from a pair of URLs on the back flaps, there are no further resources, and Rosen misleadingly labels two famous paintings of Washington "primary sources," but these titles effectively give young readers overviews of pivotal events, as well as food for thought. John Peters
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reamy Jansen on June 23, 2013
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Lovely writing in a small space, but avoids at all costs describing the devastation resulting from this project--believes kids can't withstand the sorry truths of American history. Too much in the idealizing shadow of Ambrose, whose career ended pin disgrace with accusations of plagiarism, made up quotes, and sloppy research. R. Jansen
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne C. Lara on July 15, 2013
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Our nephew visited my husband railroad contractor office years ago with his mom and saw all the railroad antiques my husband had there-hubby was a railroad contractor--3rd generation--unfortunately my husband died---niece and her son came to funeral and the little boy-her son-asked me for stuff about his Uncle and the work he did. I bought this book as a momento of his Uncle and also for the young boy's interest in that type work. My husband and I often visited Promontpory Point, Utah with much enjoyment.
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