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Railroaded : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America

Author: Richard White
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This work is a history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War. The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the U.S. economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard White
ISBN: 9780393061260 0393061264
OCLC Number: 668194893
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for History finalist, 2012.
Description: xxxiv, 660 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Genesis --
Annus horribilis : 1873 --
Friends --
Spatial politics --
Kilkenny cats --
Men in octopus suits --
Working men --
Looking backward --
Collapse --
Strike --
Creative destruction.
Responsibility: Richard White.
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A new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War.  Read more...

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