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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
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
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Railroads
  • United States
  • United States
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
Control code
ocm34990151
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
  • (Sirsi) a576925
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
Control code
ocm34990151
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
  • (Sirsi) a576925

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