The building of the Transcontinental Railroad is a relatively short chapter in the settling of the West, but much about it is indicative of the whole movement. It was large in geographic scale and large in its very conception. It required massive waves of people--largely immigrants--and a huge dose of the American optimism and manifest destiny.
The fact that the construction turned into a race just adds
even more drama to an already quite dramatic undertaking. Below are beautifully
illustrated picture books, compellingly written
nonfiction titles, and 'journal' format historical fiction books
describing this great effort in our nation's history.
The Transcontinental Railroad
(True Books series)
by John Perritano
2nd grade & Up
(Caldecott Medal Winner!)
by Brian Floca
2nd grade - 5th grade
Full Steam Ahead
The Race to Build a
by Rhoda Blumberg
4th grade - 6th grade
The Journal of Sean Sullivan
A Transcontinental Railroad Worker,
Nebraska and Points West, 1867
(My Name is America series)
5th grade - 8th grade
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