The World in Time

Working on the Railroad

Friday, July 01, 2011

Most would call the building of the transcontinental railroads a triumph of capitalism and its genius tycoons, but a comedy of errors played by avaricious fools is closer to the truth. Lewis Lapham talks with historian Richard White about the failures of the companies behind a major alteration of the American West.

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