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Visions of Empire
The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840–1880
Peter J. Blodgett, The Huntington’s H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History, speaks about goals and themes of “Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840–1880,” an exhibition that coincides with the sesquicentennial of the passage of the Pacific Railroad Act and takes on the development of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States.
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Curator Peter J. Blodgett discusses the development of the U.S. transcontinental railroad as a “truly national story” as it was captured in popular publications of the time. Blodgett is The Huntington’s H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History.
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Curator Peter J. Blodgett speaks about the dreams and promises that popular media associated with the transcontinental railroad at the time of its development. Blodgett is The Huntington’s H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History.
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Curator Peter J. Blodgett talks about the development of the U.S. transcontinental railroad in the context of the American Civil War and the politics of the time. Blodgett is The Huntington’s H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History.
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