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Richard White Covers Raiload's History (And Failures)

Reiny Cohen
12/22/2011 at 8:00 p.m.

"Transcontinental railroads were a Gilded Age extravagance that rent holes in the political, social and environmental fabric of the nation, creating railroads as mismanaged and corrupt as they were long;" so says historian Richard White in his book "Railroaded: The Transcontinentals And The Making Of Modern America." White argues that though the railroads are seen as a great success, it is actually the corrupt failures of the railroads that changed our country. In a talk moderated by KUOW's Steve Scher, Richard White spoke about his findings at Seattle Public Library on December 9, 2011.

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KUOW's Steve Scher spoke with Richard White at the Seattle Public Library on December 9, 2011.

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