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Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929

Author: Sarah Gordon
Publisher: Chicago : Elephant Paperbacks, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Passage to Union, the author has written a richly informed narrative history of the growth of the railroads, an American icon. But her conclusions are surprising. Where the railroads and their entrepreneurs are ordinarily celebrated for their accomplishments, Ms. Gordon finds that the cost of their achievements was high.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Gordon
ISBN: 1566632188 9781566632188
OCLC Number: 41470860
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1996.
Description: xii, 403 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: Union through expansion, 1829-1861. E Pluribus Union ; The lay of the land ; Leaving home for the West ; The hometowns left behind ; The legal conflict between railroad and government ; A force for good or evil? ; A crowded and uncomfortable home away from home ; Private and public unions ; Union through competition ; The state of the union ; Where is this train going? --
Part 2: From local control to national purpose, 1861-1890. The South leaves but returns ; Now we can settle the Far West ; Poor relations in the South ; The traveling public and its servants ; The law tries to catch up ; Why bigger towns get better service ; City slicker and country bumpkin ; Private property in public places ; From union to uniformity ; Thomas Cooley and the ghost of William Seward --
Part 3: An urban and commercial union, 1890-1929. Cities first and foremost ; It's too crowded here ; Plans, power, and population ; Touring the West and the South ; Hometowns and nostalgia ; Lost hometowns, lost lives ; No service without profit ; Looking backward.
Responsibility: Sarah H. Gordon.

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