On Thursday's Access Utah, Richard White, Stanford University historian and lecturer, joins us to talk about the transcontinental railroad’s impact on Utah’s environment, culture and political atmosphere. We preview his talk Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Logan Tabernacle as part of Utah State University Libraries’ 25th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture.
White, a United States historian specializing in the American West, is a MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. White has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice for his work.
According to White’s book Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, the railroads “rent holes in the political, social and environmental fabric of the nation, creating railroads as mismanaged and corrupt as they were long.”
This year’s Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture is sponsored by USU University Libraries, Spike 150, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Utah Division of State History, USU Religious Studies Program and USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.