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Hear that Train Whistle Blow! How the Railroad Changed the World (Landmark Books)

Milton Meltzer

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ISBN 10: 0375815635 / ISBN 13: 9780375815638
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Hear that Train Whistle Blow! How the ...

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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From the very first passenger train to roll down the tracks in 1825 to the advent of today’s high-speed trains, the railroad has been and is still one of the most vital forces in civilization. Focusing on American railroad history but touching on other countries, award-winning author Milton Meltzer shows how something as ubiquitous as the railroad is, in fact, a force that changed the world.
Praise for There Comes a Time by Milton Meltzer:
“Readers of every ethnicity will leave this book with a more inspired understanding of what it means to be free.”—Boston Sunday Globe
H “An accessible and vivid outline of the events that led to changes in civil rights in the U.S.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Among Milton Meltzer’s many honors are five nominations for the National Book Award and the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature. The author lives in New York City.

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Grade 6-9–Asserting that the railroad's "invention led to the greatest change in human history since farming was invented about twelve thousand years ago," Meltzer's book is unique in its presentation of the myriad ways in which this form of transportation affected almost every aspect of modern civilization. In addition to recounting the building of the transcontinental railroad in the U.S., the author describes the shorter train lines that developed around large cities prior to the Civil War and how they shaped the economy, agriculture, and the growth of new towns. He explains that slaves were used to construct railroads in the South and details the terrible conditions under which Chinese laborers worked on the Central Pacific. He also tells how former slaves became Pullman porters, allowing them to achieve a higher standard of living. He contrasts the high regard that 19th-century society had for railroad's "Big Four"–Collis P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker–with more recent views that these men exploited and manipulated their way to wealth and power. Labor history and strikes are included, as is mention of the need for the U.S. to construct a high-speed, energy-efficient, ecologically sound rail network. Illustrated with numerous archival photographs, this excellent, comprehensive history will be a welcome addition.–Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
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