After reading this New Republic review (located behind a paywall), I am so excited about Richard White’s new(ish) book on the building of the transcontinental railroad that I cannot stand it. Apparently, White challenges the popular understanding of the transcontinentals to argue that they were built for political rather than economic reasons, that their railroad magnate founders were not only cruel but incompetent, and that their raison d’être was bilking the federal government. Sounds pretty great to me! The book was also reviewed in the New York Times by Michael Kazin, who will sit on the Friday panel on American exceptionalism at the upcoming S-USIH conference.
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Robert Greene II
December 3, 2017
The Continuing Mission of Black Intellectuals: Stamped From the Beginning and African American HistorySomething that caught my eye when reading Ibram Kendi’s excellent Stamped From the Beginning was his admonition early in the book about for whom he was writing. Kendi insisted that Read more
May 1, 2017
Can a Country Girl Still Survive?: Female Country Musicians as Chroniclers of Rural PovertyToday we are lucky to have a guest post from Matthew D. Linton, who is a doctoral candidate in history at Brandeis University and research assistant at the Harvard Business Read more
March 25, 2014