Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American Life / Edition 1

Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American Life / Edition 1

by Maury Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874516919

ISBN-13: 9780874516913

Pub. Date: 04/01/1994

Publisher: University Press of New England

"Sooner or later every age finds a symbol which best expresses the essence of its character to later generations," writes Maury Klein, who has spent nearly three decades tracing the evolution and impact of the American railroad industry. "The coming of the railroad swept all rival forms of land transportation from its path . . . Within half a century, the rail

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"Sooner or later every age finds a symbol which best expresses the essence of its character to later generations," writes Maury Klein, who has spent nearly three decades tracing the evolution and impact of the American railroad industry. "The coming of the railroad swept all rival forms of land transportation from its path . . . Within half a century, the rail system became the lifeline of an industrial society, a network of steel tentacles pushing into every corner of the Republic." Unfinished Business combines Klein's most influential articles with new essays to tell the story of America's developing railroad industry and the men who dominated it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874516913
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

A Memoir by Way of Introduction; or, How I Got Here from There1
Patterns of Early American Railroad Development8
The Rise of the Iron Horse18
The Strategy of Southern Railroads31
Southern Railroad Leaders, 1865-1893: Identities and Ideologies48
The Overland Route: First Impressions68
In Search of Jay Gould83
The Man Who Saved the Railroads110
Competition and Regulation: The Railroad Model122
The Turning Point in American Railroad History135
Replacement Technology: The Diesel as a Case Study143
High-Speed Trains: America's Lost Opportunity155
The Unfinished Business of American Railroad History166
Notes187
Bibliography of Articles and Papers217
Index219

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