Sunday, February 26, 2012

An Evening with Richard White, author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m.


An Evening with Richard White, author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America 


Free Event at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco


Join us at the California Historical Society for an evening with Richard White when he will discuss his recent book Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. Railroaded is a new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War. With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success. RSVP to rsvp@calhist.org or 415.357.1848, ext. 229.

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