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Railroaded : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America

by White, Richard, 1947-

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A new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War. Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Genesis
  • Annus horribilis : 1873
  • Friends
  • Spatial politics
  • Kilkenny cats
  • Men in octopus suits
  • Workingmen
  • Looking backward
  • Collapse
  • Strike
  • Creative destruction.
  • Introduction
  • 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 scene: 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 defeats ; Bears ; The Interstate Commerce Commission ; The Interstate-Commerce Railway Association
  • Mise en scene: 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 scene: reading the newspapers
  • Strike. The courts ; Union Pacific and Great Northern ; Pullman ; The decline of the octopus
  • Mise en scene: following the detectives
  • Creative destruction. Dumb growth ; Cattle ; The diverging Dakotas ; Rain follows the plow
  • Mise en scene: Wovoka
  • Epilogue
  • Conclusion.
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