Americans clamored for the progress and prosperity that railroads would surely bring, and no railroad was more crucial for California than the transcontinental line linking East to West. With Gold Rush prosperity fading, Californians looked to the railroad as the state’s new savior. But social upheaval and economic disruption came down the tracks along with growth and opportunity.
Analyzing the changes wrought by the railroad, William Deverell reveals the contradictory roles that technology and industrial capitalism played in the lives of Americans, including the railroad barons, newspaper editors, novelists, union activists, feminists, farmers, and the railroad workers themselves.
Tickets for the event are $14 for General Admission and $7 for members of the Sacramento History Museum, California State Railroad Museum or the Crocker Art Museum. The lecture will be held at the California State Railroad Museum and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchase by calling 916-808-7059 or online.
Historian William Deverell is the Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Professor of history, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science, and the author of Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad 1850-1910.