The Resource Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929, Sarah H. Gordon

Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929, Sarah H. Gordon

Label
Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929
Title
Passage to Union
Title remainder
how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929
Statement of responsibility
Sarah H. Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Passage to Union, Sarah Gordon has written a richly informed narrative history of the growth of the railroads, an American icon. But her conclusions are surprising. Where the railroads and their entrepreneurs are ordinarily celebrated for their accomplishments, Ms. Gordon finds that the cost of their achievements was high. Conflicts of interest - at local, state, and regional levels - characterized railroad growth at every stage. Despite the stated aims of government
  • And the railroad corporations to promote settlement and commerce, Ms. Gordon shows that the states lost control of these enterprises and lost the economic benefits of their traffic. Smaller towns withered as people and money flowed to larger cities. By 1900 the union that had emerged reflected the worst fears of railroad critics. The South and West had been settled, but wealth had flowed so heavily to the cities that rural life had lost its attraction. Passage to Union
  • Is compelling reading because Ms. Gordon has drawn from diaries, memoirs, literature, advertisements, newspapers and magazines, public records, and railroad history to construct her narrative. The impact of the railroads on people and their communities is powerfully illustrated in this absorbing story of apparent triumph and real loss
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gordon, Sarah
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HE2751
LC item number
.G64 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Railroads
  • Chemins de fer
  • Economic history
  • Railroads
  • Social conditions
  • Spoorwegen
  • Sociaal-economische aspecten
  • Gevolgen
  • Eisenbahn
  • Sozialer Wandel
  • Alltag
  • Wirtschaft
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929, Sarah H. Gordon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: Union through expansion, 1829-1861. E Pluribus Union ; The lay of the land ; Leaving home for the West ; The hometowns left behind ; The legal conflict between railroad and government ; A force for good or evil? ; A crowded and uncomfortable home away from home ; Private and public unions ; Union through competition ; The state of the union ; Where is this train going? -- Part 2: From local control to national purpose, 1861-1890. The South leaves but returns ; Now we can settle the Far West ; Poor relations in the South ; The traveling public and its servants ; The law tries to catch up ; Why bigger towns get better service ; City slicker and country bumpkin ; Private property in public places ; From union to uniformity ; Thomas Cooley and the ghost of William Seward -- Part 3: An urban and commercial union, 1890-1929. Cities first and foremost ; It's too crowded here ; Plans, power, and population ; Touring the West and the South ; Hometowns and nostalgia ; Lost hometowns, lost lives ; No service without profit ; Looking backward
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 403 pages
Isbn
9781566631389
Lccn
96028259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34990151
  • (OCoLC)ocm34990151
Label
Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929, Sarah H. Gordon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: Union through expansion, 1829-1861. E Pluribus Union ; The lay of the land ; Leaving home for the West ; The hometowns left behind ; The legal conflict between railroad and government ; A force for good or evil? ; A crowded and uncomfortable home away from home ; Private and public unions ; Union through competition ; The state of the union ; Where is this train going? -- Part 2: From local control to national purpose, 1861-1890. The South leaves but returns ; Now we can settle the Far West ; Poor relations in the South ; The traveling public and its servants ; The law tries to catch up ; Why bigger towns get better service ; City slicker and country bumpkin ; Private property in public places ; From union to uniformity ; Thomas Cooley and the ghost of William Seward -- Part 3: An urban and commercial union, 1890-1929. Cities first and foremost ; It's too crowded here ; Plans, power, and population ; Touring the West and the South ; Hometowns and nostalgia ; Lost hometowns, lost lives ; No service without profit ; Looking backward
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 403 pages
Isbn
9781566631389
Lccn
96028259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34990151
  • (OCoLC)ocm34990151

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