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Transcontinental Railroad. Mining Boom. Pike’s Peak. Comstock Lode. Boomtowns
Lesson 1 of The American West Unit: **CAN BE ALTERED!** Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
This engaging and visually appealing 31-slide PowerPoint presentation is easy to understand with content illustrated with charts and pictures.
Overarching Question for this presentation (Thinking Focus Question):
- What were the causes and effects of mining booms in the West?
This PowerPoint presentation examines:
- Discovery of gold at Pike’s Peak
- Discovery of silver at Comstock Lode
- Cause and effect of Boomtowns
- The creation of new Western states
- The vital role railroad transportation played to mining communities
- The Transcontinental Railroad: how it was funded and constructed
- The designed route of the Transcontinental Railroad
- The Union Pacific Company vs. Central Pacific Company
- Irish, African American and Chinese laborers
- A political cartoon examining racism toward Chinese laborers
- Effects of the railroad
- Creation of time zones
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