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Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad

Discussion & Essay Questions

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • In what sense did the transcontinental railroad link "not only people and places but also moments in history"?
    • Was this the watershed development of the century?
      • Did any other event or development have a greater impact than the railroad?
      • Did any subsequent event or development match the impact of the railroad?