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Railroaded : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America

Author: Richard White
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Norton pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations." -Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard White
ISBN: 9780393061260 0393061264 9780393342376 0393342379
OCLC Number: 808596629
Awards: Winner of Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2011
Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize 2012
Description: xxxix, 660 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Genesis. First principles --
Patriotism and profit --
The acts of the founders --
Building with other people's money --
Golden spike --
A Railroad Life: H.K. Thomas --
Annus Horribilis: 1873. Springtime in Mexico --
Springtime in Canada --
The Indians' perpetual winter --
Political storms brewing --
Information and trust --
The long winter --
Stories of the fall --
A Railroad life: William Hyde --
Friends. The lobby --
Antimonopoly and party politics --
The Southern Transcontinental --
Reform in the Gilded Age --
A Railroad Life: Elias C. Boudinot --
Spatial Politics. Absolute space --
Relational space --
The things they carried --
How railroad rates construct space --
The rise of the Octopus --
Regulating space --
A Railroad Life: Alfred A. Cohen --
Kilkenny Cats. Creative destruction --
The Colton Trial --
Territory --
Rationalizing irrationality --
Superheroes of bad management --
A system that did not bury its dead --
Mise en Scène: Labor in Nature --
Men in Octopus Suits. The visible hand --
Men and boys: manhood and management --
A political animal --
Going off the tracks --
A Railroad Life: William Mahl --
Workingmen. Control of work --
The Knights of Labor --
Contract labor and the Chinese --
Rock Springs --
Workers' marginalism --
A Railroad Life: William Pinkerton --
Looking Backward. Benevolent trusts --
Waiting for natural monopoly --
Labor's defeat --
Bears --
The Interstate Commerce Commission --
The Interstate-Commerce Railway Association --
Mise en Scène: The death of Johanna Grogan --
Collapse. An Alcoholics Anonymous for railroads --
Bankers --
Villard and Adams --
The Second Fall of Henry Villard --
The Panic of 1893 --
The struggles of the Octopus --
Mise en Scène: Reading the newspapers --
Strike. The courts --
Union Pacific and Great Northern --
Pullman --
The decline of the Octopus --
Mise en Scène: Following the detectives --
Creative Destruction. Dumb growth --
Cattle --
The diverging Dakotas --
Rain follows the plow --
Mise en Scène: Wovoka --
Appendix.
Other Titles: Transcontinentals and the making of modern America
Responsibility: Richard White.

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