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From the Publisher"A groundbreaking contribution to the history of women and the railroad, Richter's meticulous research and lucid prose illuminate the passage from Victorian America to modern times, the nuanced layers of private lives and separate spheres, and the public culture and corporate strategy that show the remaking of the life and landscape of nineteenth-century America—a terrain where the New Woman took her seat on the Twentieth Century Limited and began the journey anew."
— Indiana Magazine of History
"A fine work of cultural history, broadly conceived and imaginatively researched."
— The Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography
"[A] major contribution to women's studies as well as transportation and social history. [Richter] has creatively used sources, including the rich archives of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the self-proclaimed 'Standard Railroad of the World.' The concept of public domesticity is historically important and carefully explored in this well-written and expertly illustrated volume."
"A stylish, original and entertaining interpretation of the domestication and commodification of public life on the rails at the end of the nineteenth century. Amy Richter's engaging voice will draw in students, and her arguments about the gendered transformation of public space in Victorian America will spark conversations among scholars at all levels. (Jane Dailey, Johns Hopkins University)"
"Heading Home fills a considerable void in the history of trains and travel. Fresh material and a crisp writing style make for a useful and delightful book. (H. Roger Grant, Clemson University)"