Chapters of Erie / Edition 1

Chapters of Erie / Edition 1

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Chapters of Erie / Edition 1

Chapters of Erie is a classic account of ruthless business practices in nineteenth-century America—in particular, Jay Gould and James Fisk's successful effort to gain control of the Erie Railroad in 1868 and subsequent attempt to corner the American gold market, which resulted in the "Black Friday" panic of September 24, 1869.Seizing upon the opportunity provided by the scandals to expose the links between financial malpractice on Wall Street and political favoritism and corruption, Henry Adams and his older brother Charles Francis Adams, Jr., traveled to New York and Washington to interview the participants (including Fisk), observe the Congressional hearings on the gold conspiracy, and reconstruct in forensic detail the machinations that had shaken the nation's economy. First appearing in a series of articles in the Westminster Review and the North American Review in 1870 and 1871, the results of the Adams brothers' investigative journalism were published as a book in 1886. Reissued by Cornell University Press in 1956 with a preface by Robert H. Elias, Chapters of Erie remains a well-documented, perceptive, and sometimes sardonic examination of the relationship between business and politics in America—and a warning about the dangers posed by unregulated corporations "to override and trample on law, custom, decency, and every restraint known to society, without scruple."

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ISBN-13: 9780801475474
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Henry Adams (1838–1918) was a journalist, novelist, and historian. His many books include The History of the United States of America (1801 to 1817) and The Education of Henry Adams, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 1919.

Charles Francis Adams Jr. (1835–1915) was a Massachusetts railroad commissioner and president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1884 to 1890.

Robert H. Elias (1933–1983) was Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature and American Studies at Cornell University.

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