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A most magnificent machine : America adopts the railroad, 1825-1862

Author: H Craig Miner
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, ©2010.
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Traces the growth of railroads from their origins in the 1820s to the onset of the Civil War and also examines the cultural, economic, and political aspects.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Craig Miner
ISBN: 9780700617555 0700617558
OCLC Number: 607980793
Description: xvi, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : treading on enchanted ground --
Baltimore looks West --
The vast machinery --
Network --
Default --
Riding the rails --
The soulless corporation --
Scalded by the steam --
The near West --
Southern strategy --
The prairie and the river --
Panic --
We fly by night --
Mr. Whitney's dream --
Pacific or bust --
Conclusion : adapting to the machine.
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The first social and economic history of the founding era of American railroads. Drawing on vast research--especially in period newspapers--Miner identifies antebellum Americans' hopes and fears  Read more...

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"An impressive study that expands the path-breaking works of Leo Marx's <i>Machine in the Garden</i> and Bruce Mazlish's <i>The Railroad and the Space Program Read more...

 
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