Railroads and the American People

ISBN-10: 0253006333
ISBN-13: 9780253006332
Edition: 2012
Authors: H. Roger Grant
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Description: In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics--trains and  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090

In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics--trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America--illustrating each topic with carefully chosen period illustrations. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals. He discusses the important role railroads played for towns and cities across America, not only for the access they provided to distant places and distant markets but also for the depots that were a focus of community life. Finally, Grant reviews the lasting heritage of the railroads as it has been preserved in word, stone, paint, and memory. Railroads and the American People is a sparkling paean to American railroading by one of its finest historians.

Born in 1943 in Ottumwa, Iowa, H. Roger Grant is a professor of history at the University of Ohio at Akron. A contributor to numerous history journals, Grant is also a noted railway historian and editor of Railway History. His books on the subject include Erie Lackawanna: Death of an American Railroad, 1938-1992 (1994), and Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station (1993). Grant has also published several collections of postcards with railways and Ohio history as their themes.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Trains
Stations
Communities
Legacy
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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