discussion question

One of the primary contributors to the growth of California was the arrival of the railroad and its associated trade. This week we explore the period of California history that is marked by economic growth and development, due particularly to the Central Pacific Railroad and its role in building the first American transcontinental rail line. 

Consider the readings from this week, and discuss what money and labor were needed to create the Central Pacific Railroad.

What role did the U.S. federal government play in building the transcontinental railroad?
Were the money and labor by Central Pacific Railroad obtained appropriately? Provide support for your position.
What role did Chinese-American workers play in building the railroad?
How did the railroad change California’s role in the United States economy?
How did the electric railway lines affect the growth of cities and the lifestyles of workers?
Was the effect positive or negative? Why?