Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Richard White will be speaking Wednesday evening about his book Railroaded .
From the Stanford Events site :
Join us for an evening with prize-winning historian Richard White, who will talk about his eagerly anticipated and now celebrated big book on the epic construction of the railroads that spanned the American continent in the 1870s and 80s. The story of how the railroads were built has become one of the nation’s inspiring myths, and they transformed life radically, rearranging forever our sense of space and time. But the fable version of the story overlooks the darker and more intriguing details: the corporate profits, the political corruption, and the monopolistic practices of men known to their own age and ours as “Robber Barons.”
Nobody tells this story better than Richard White in Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. Fellow American historian Patricia Limerick wrote, “Railroaded offers flabbergasting views of the human talent for self-justification and contradiction, provides a valuable—if unsettling— comparison to the financial troubles of our times, and shows why the best historians are compared to detectives.” And Geoffrey C. Ward said the book is “fresh, provocative, and witty” and is told “with the narrative force of a locomotive roaring across the empty plains.”
The event will take place on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:30 pm in Cubberley Auditorium , School of Education.