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Themes in The Journal of Sean Sullivan

This is a list of the book’s themes along with the related journal entries.

MAJOR THEMES
 
Workers and Working conditions 
• August 11, 13, 16 (pages 16-17, 19-20) 
• September 18, 20 (pages 33-36) 
• November 9, 29 (pages 48-49, 54-56) 
• April 1, 5 (page 67-68) 
• May 3 (page 71) 
• November 14 (page 100) 
• December 26 (pages 116-117) 
• April 9 (pages 138) 

Tension between immigrant groups 
• October 26-28 (pages 45-46) 
• September 1 (page 88) 
• October 27 (pages 98-99) 
• March 9, March 11-24 (pages 132, 134-36) 
• April 28 (page 141-42) 
• May 10 (pages 146-149)

Boomtowns 
• August 8 (pages 9-10) 
• September 21 (page 37) 
• November 18, 15 (pages 50-51) 
• March 7 (pages 129-30) 
• May 20, 21 (pages 154, 156) 

Corporate and government corruption 
• August 29 (page 30) 
• December 5 (page 56) 
• November 3, 19, 23 (pages 100, 103-05, 107) 
• January 8 (page 122) 
• February 29 (pages 126-27) 
• March 10 (page 133) 
• April 10 (pages 138-39) 
• May 6, 8, 19 (pages 145, 146, 153-54) 
• Epilogue (pages 166-70) 
 

MINOR THEMES 

Conflict with Great Plains Indian tribes 
• August 6, 7, 17 (pages 3-7, 20-21) 
• April 24 (page 71) 
• July 27 (page 82) 
• May 21 (pages 156-57)
• Drawings (pages 171, 176)

 
The Natural Environment 
• August 18, 28 (pages 22-23, 29-30) 
• January 14 (page 59) 
• Feb 13 (page 62) 
• March 25 (page 66) 
• May 21, 20 (pages 155, 157)

Living conditions of railroad builders
 • August 8 (page 9)
 • September 21 (page 37) 
 • November 18 (page 50) 
 • May 20 (page 154-55) 
 
Transportation and technology 
 • August 7 (page 6) 
 • October 15 (pages 92-94) 
 • December 4 (page 109) • June 8 (page 120) 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

“Life in America in 1867” (Historical Notes, Images and Maps) 
• Map of transcontinental railroad route (page181) 
• Drawings of Indians, showing conflict with railroad (pages 171, 176) 
• Photographs of historical figures and railroad workers, prints of railroad construction, boom towns, and living conditions the book (pp. 171-79)

Source | American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, 2011.
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning
Rights | Copyright American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning. Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, “Themes in The Journal of Sean Sullivan,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 23, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1925.

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