Railroaded The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

ISBN-10: 0393061264

ISBN-13: 9780393061260

Edition: 2011

Authors: Richard White

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The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the U.S. economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life. Their discriminatory rates sparked broad opposition and a new antimonopoly politics. With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/31/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Richard White MSc (Med Sci) MBChB FRCR Specialty Registrar Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

List of Illustrations
List of Maps and Charts
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
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
Rationalizing Irrationality
Superheroes of Bad Management
A System That Did Not Bury Its Dead
Mise en Sc�ne: 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
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
The Interstate Commerce Commission
The Interstate‐Commerce Railway Association
Mise en Sc�ne: The Death of Johanna Grogan
An Alcoholics Anonymous for Railroads
Villard and Adams
The Second Fall of Henry Villard
The Panic of 1893
The Struggles of the Octopus
Mise en Sc�ne: Reading the Newspapers
The Courts
Union Pacific and Great Northern
The Decline of the Octopus
Mise en Sc�ne: Following the Detectives
Creative Destruction
Dumb Growth
The Diverging Dakotas
Rain Follows the Plow
Mise en Sc�ne: Wovoka
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