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Title:
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Author:
Richard White
Publisher:
W W Norton
ISBN or Item #
9780393061260
Date Listed:
2011-05-11 14:16:33
Retail Price:
$35.00
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$27.95
Description:
Untitled Document

Railroaded

The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

By Richard White.

Cloth with dust jacket, 6.6 × 9.6 in, 660 pages, color photos throughout. 2011.

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

"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."

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1 GENESIS
First Principles
Patriotism and Profit
The Acts of the Founders
Building with Other People's Money
Golden Spike

A Railroaded Life: H. K. Thomas
2 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 Railroaded Life: William Hyde
3 FRIENDS
The Lobby
Antimonopoly and Party Politics
The Southern Transcontinental
Reform in the Gilded Age

A Railroaded Life: Elias C. Boudinot
4 SPATIAL POLITICS
Absolute Space
Relational Space
The Things They Carried
How Railroad Rates Construct Space
The Rise of the Octopus
Regulating Space

A Railroaded Life: Afred A. Cohen
5 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
6 MEN IN OCTOPUS SUITS
The Visible Hand
Men and Boys: Manhood and Management
A Political Animal
Going Off the Tracks

A Railroaded Life: William Mahl
7 WORKINGMEN
Control of Work
The Knights of Labor
Contract Labor and the Chinese
Rock Springs
Workers' Marginalism

A Railroaded Life: William Pinkerton
8 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
9 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
10 STRIKES
The Courts
Union Pacific and Great Northern
Pullman
The Decline of the Octopus

Mise en Scene: Following the Detectives
11 CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
Dumb Growth
Cattle
The Diverging Dakotas
Rain Follows the Plow

Mise en Scene: Wovoka

EPILOGUE

CONCLUSION