Trolley Wars Streetcar Workers on the Line

ISBN-10: 1584656301

ISBN-13: 9781584656302

Edition: N/A

Authors: Scott Molloy

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American cities' rapid expansion after the Civil War fueled the growth of organized transportation systems-- omnibuses, horsecar, and, later, electric streetcars. Trolley Wars traces the social dynamics of these first mass-transportation systems as they developed in Rhode Island, the most urbanized state in Gilded Age America. Covering years of rapid growth, Scott Molloy focuses on the laborers who operated the transit system, the changing ownership of the streetcar lines, and the strong bond that grew between trolley crews and passengers--a bond that sustained a powerful political alliance during the bitter "car wars" of 1902. In lucid prose based on scrupulous research, Molloy dissects the car wars and expertly knits them into the larger pattern of labor unrest and urban malaise gripping turn-of-the-century America. Originally published in 1996, the classic Trolley Wars is now made available for the first time in paperback to readers, students, and scholars of labor history, with a new Author's Note.
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List price: $22.95
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 2/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.63" wide x 9.02" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Scott Molloy is Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations at the Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island. He has published widely and won many teaching awards, including RI Professor of the Year, 2004-2005.

Author's Note to Paperback Edition
The People's Carriages
An Exceptionally Intelligent Class of Men
Things Were Reduced to a System
The Sugar Railroad
The Trolley Habit
We Never Used to be in Such a Hurry
I Believe in Using Heroic Methods
Fitzgerald's Rebellion
We Walk
The Union Railroad is Our Supreme Court
Conclusion: Another Dorr War
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