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This edition: The First Great Railroad Boom (1841-1860)





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Episode Details

First aired: October 8, 2014.

By 1840 the railroad building boom was on and all of America was gripped by railroad fever and the expectation railroads offered to become a leading industrial power. Chapters: America's Brand of Capitalism Emerges from Railroad Fever, Railroads Become Big Business, America's First Wave of Rail Lines.