The Future of America's Past

Transcontinental

03/23/2020 | 27m 2s Video has closed captioning.

High in the Utah desert in 1869, a ceremonial golden spike marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. On the 150th anniversary of this feat, Ed speaks with a National Park Service ranger, a poet, a descendant of a Chinese American railroad builder, and a Native American tribal leader. Together, they paint a portrait of technological triumph—and its human and environmental costs.

Aired: 03/23/20

Rating: TV-G

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