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Theodore Judah and the "Big Four" are presented at In Judah's proposal for building the railroad, how many miles would be surveyed? What monthly salary did he budget for the cook? Who was the intended recipient of this plan? Does his line of reasoning in favor of the railroad seem persuasive? In the 1925 essay found here, "The Transcontinental Railroad," subtitled "Driving the Last Spike," how does the writer treat Judah's position in history? How does the textbook expand on the subject?
At the California State Railroad Museum's website (, select "Explore and Learn" from the menu and search for Judah. Again, how is his role in developing the railroad treated? Is the treatment here accurate?
Explore a historic account of Chinese railroad laborers at Why were the Chinese considered such good workers? What was James Strobridge's role in developing the railroad?

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