History of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad / Edition 2

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After the Civil War, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad took the lead among southern railroads in developing rail systems and organizing transcontinental travel. Through two world wars, federal government control, internal crises, external dissension, the Depression, and the great Ohio River flood of 1937, the L&N Railroad remained one of the country's most efficient lines. It is a southern institution and a railroad buff's dream. When eminent railroad historian Maury Klein's definitive History of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was first published in 1972, it quickly became one of the most sought after books on railroad history. This new edition both restores a hard-to-find classic to print and provides a new introduction by Klein detailing the L&N's history in the thirty years since the book was first published.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fascinating look at the L&N's long and tumultuous history." — Business Horizons

"Stands both as an excellent example of what business history can accomplish and as an illustration of the work that remains to be done in the field." — H-Net Reviews

"Reading like an epic saga, albeit with a corporation as the main character, this enduring and definitive account of the L&N successfully offers a broad yet detailed survey befitting a company that at one time helped develop and mold the South while amassing great wealth." — Journal of Appalachian Studies

"A detailed account of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad's first century of operation. The story of the L&N is a great one, and Klein has written a definitive corporate and financial history of the railroad….Klein's vivid account of this period in the L & N's history will be very informative to those who wonder why America's railroads are what they are today." — Journal of Southern History

"Although the L&N 'don't stop here anymore,' the history of Kentucky's most famous railroad has been accurately and painstakingly preserved." — Lexington Herald-Leader

"Provides a fascinating look at the L&N's responsibility in creating the Southern metropolises we know today." — NMRA Bulletin

"We are fortunate that the book has at least been reprinted and made available to a new generation of historians.... Remains the definitive history of the Louisville & Nashville." — Railroad History

"The definitive account of the L&N's rise and decline." — Tennessee Courier

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122632
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 803,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
1 A Town Grows Legs: The Birth of the L & N 1
2 The State Between the War: The L & N in Wartime, 1861-65 27
3 The Sinews of Transportation, Part I 45
4 The Contours of Postwar Strategy 59
5 Combinations and Complications, 1865-73 79
6 Northern Invaders and Southern Invasions, 1870-73 102
7 The Furies Uncaged: Depression and Expansion, 1872-79 123
8 "Newcomb's Octopus": The Zenith of Territorial Expansion, 1879-81 150
9 The Financiers Take Charge: Interterritorial Expansion, 1880-83 171
10 Scandal and Reorganization, 1884 195
11 A Curmudgeon for All Seasons: Milton H. Smith and His Administration 223
12 In Pursuit of Profits: Financial Policy, 1885-1902 244
13 Tracks to the Door: Developmental Extension, 1885-1902 263
14 Childhood's End: Interterritorial Expansion, 1885-1902 288
15 The Sinews of Transportation, Part II 314
16 The Great Freight Rate Debate 345
17 Through a Glass Darkly: The L & N in Politics, 1880-1920 368
18 Gotterdammerung: The Close of an Era, 1902-21 395
19 From Riches to Rags: Prosperity and Depression, 1921-40 419
20 Resurrection and Redirection: War and Modernization, 1941-59 452
Epilogue: Into the Maw of Progress 493
Postscript 523
Appendices 525
Notes 541
Bibliography 555
Index 559
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