Final Project

The two topics I chose for my timeline entry were The War of the Worlds radio broadcast and the Transcontinental railroad. The reason I chose The War of the Worlds broadcast is because I have recently watched the movie which is a solid 6/7 out of 10. The radio broadcast took place October 30th, 1938. For this topic, I decided to look at three aspects of the broadcast. One was the “hysteria” that resulted from it. It was a bit disappointing to find out it was a tiny portion of the population as I had always believed it was wider spread. The others were the history of the show and the actual story. I was surprised to learn the story originated from a book. The difference between the book and the radio show was the location as the book is set in UK. As far as history I wanted to see more about the program itself. The thing I found the most interesting is when Welles said he had done it to teach people not to trust everything they hear. Even with the resources we have today this still a huge problem especially since the creation of social media. The construction of the transcontinental railroad lasted for 6 years from 1863-1869. For the transcontinental railroad entry, I tried to touch on a variety of topics. This is because depending on what you are looking at you can study it a from different angles. Some examples of this are impacts on migration, labor, business, American society, or you can look at the construction itself. However, for my entry I decided to talk about the construction, impact on life, and impact on communication.


TWOTW Citations

Schwartz, A. Brad. 2015. “The Infamous ‘War of the Worlds’ Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke.” Smithsonian. May 6, 2015.

“Did the 1938 Radio Broadcast of ‘War of the Worlds’ Cause a Nationwide Panic?” n.d.

‌Lapointe, Grace. 2021. “THE WAR of the WORLDS: The Influence of the Novel and Its Infamous Broadcast.” BOOK RIOT. October 28, 2021.


“War of the Worlds (1938 Radio Broadcast).” n.d. Accessed April 18, 2023.

Transcontinental Railroad Citations

Gallagher, Winifred. 2020. “A Brief History of the United States Postal Service.” Smithsonian Magazine. October 2020.

‌Ducksters. 2019. “History: First Transcontinental Railroad.” 2019.                                                                                                                    

Library of Congress. 2015. “The Transcontinental Railroad | History of Railroads and Maps  | Articles and Essays  | Railroad Maps, 1828-1900  | Digital Collections  | Library of Congress.” The Library of Congress. 2015.

“Transcontinental Railroad.” HISTORY. A&E Television Networks. September 20, 2018.


“How the Transcontinental Railroad Transformed America | the Engineering That Built the World (S1).” YouTube.

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