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Gold Spike Lecture Series

Jun 27, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Transcontinental as a Business Venture and the Making of Modern America Thursday, June 27th, 7 P.M.

The Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, Richard White, will speak on his book Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. Professor While is a MacArthur Fellow and a past winner of the Parkman Prize.

With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White shows the transcontinental railroads to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the U.S. economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life.

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.

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