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The Union Pacific Railroad : a case in premature enterprise

Author: Robert William Fogel
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press, 1960.
Series: Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science, ser. 78, no. 2.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fogel, Robert William.
Union Pacific Railroad.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press, 1960
(OCoLC)569774911
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert William Fogel
OCLC Number: 238063
Description: 129 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. The paradox of premature enterprise --
II. A reinterpretation of the congressional debate on construction and ownership. How the issue presented itself ; The Whitney Plan ; 1832-1860 : the persistence of quasi-government enterprise ; The dominance of pragmatism ; Toward an eclectic conclusion --
III. The double irony of the Acts of 1862 and 1864. The factual background ; The problem of funds ; The construction contracts ; The Ames-Durant conflict ; The profit ; The nature and extent of the risk faced by the promoters ; The fundamental deficiency in the acts of 1862 and 1864 --
IV. The question of public economic policy. The social rate of return ; The efficiency of the Acts of 1862 and 1864 --
Appendix A: The bond transactions of 1869-1870 --
Appendix B: Documentation on the discovery and adoption of the Evans Pass route.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science, ser. 78, no. 2.
Responsibility: by Robert William Fogel.

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