Teacher’s Manual

This booklet was apparently distributed to teachers to use with the Railroads at Work booklets, which were given to students. This manual is dated 1956, so it goes along with yesterday’s booklet.

Click image to download a 33.2-MB PDF of this 58-page booklet.

The manual is highly elaborate, suggesting readings, writing assignments, songs students can sing, plays they can stage, railroad artworks they can create, and much more. Considering this is blatant propaganda about one industry, it is hard to believe that any teachers would actually use it–imagine teachers today using study guides provided by the American Petroleum Institute or the lobby group from some other controversial industry. The 1950s may have been more innocent times, but I also suspect that schools in railroad towns such as Altoona, PA or Aurora, IL would have been most receptive to these materials.

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