Railroaded Project


An interactive collection of over 2,000 footnotes to Richard White’s book on the transcontinental railroads.

Books have historically been constrained by the limitations of print medium, and even digital books are usually just electronic replicas of bound volumes.

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Railroaded (Richard White) is an incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War. The following website is an interactive medium for readers to access and explore Railroaded's collection of over 2,000 footnotes, links to sources, visualizations, and downloadable supporting data files. This dynamic format offers readers a new way to access, consider, and manipulate the volume’s material, while also allowing White and his team to continue to annotate footnote discourse and develop visualizations as analyses and insights evolve.

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