Completion of the Pacific Railroad, Harper’s Weekly, May 29, 1869

This image was a metaphor for where the nation was going, although it said little about where the nation had been. Created by Alfred R. Waud, one of the most prolific Civil War sketch artists and lithographers, the image suggested a national tapestry of progress. Far from binding the nation, railroads and the culture that developed around them had been one of the root causes of discord and division.

About this Document

  • Source: Completion of the Pacific Railroad
  • Author: Harper's Weekly
  • Published: London
  • Date: May 29, 1869