Tuesday February 23rd
5:15 PM EST
Organized by the Massachusetts Historical Society
Virtual event with pre-circulated paper
Author: Sean Fraga, University of Southern California
Comment: David Armitage, Harvard University
The transcontinental railroads reshaped the United States—its politics, economy, culture and environment. But as Sean Fraga argues, these railroads also saw themselves as part of an emergent global steam-powered network. This paper shows how American interest in trade with East Asia motivated Northern Pacific Railway and Great Northern Railway to build transcontinental lines to Puget Sound. In doing so, these railroads left lasting impacts on the region’s lands, waters, and peoples.
The Dina G. Malgeri Modern American Society & Culture Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society invites you to join the conversation on Tuesday 23 February at 5:15 PM. The seminar brings together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone. Register above to attend, and you will receive a confirmation message with instructions for attending this virtual session.
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