Critical Wit #60 – Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (Richard White)

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Jun 07 2012 20 mins  
Dr. Richard White is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Standford University and author of “Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.” In this episode we discuss how the grand achievement of building railways in the West was based on corruption, fraud, and poor business acumen. The end of this period consisted of bankrupt railroad corporations, multiple economic downturns, and widespread, political corruption. You can find this book at your local bookstore or online. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider ‘liking’ the Critical Wit page on Facebook and/or give it a rating in iTunes. You can also follow Critical Wit on Twitter @TheCriticalWit. Thanks!