The Iron Road


Episode Info

The American Experience tells the dramatic history of the first transcontinental railroad -- a feat of engineering and backbreaking labor that opened up the riches of the West and turned America's dream of manifest destiny into a reality. This hour-long treatment focuses on the politics, the personalities, and the money that drove this project to completion, along with the brutal working conditions for the 20,000 (mostly immigrant) laborers. Designed for educational use as well as home viewing.

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