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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (Hardcover)

Richard White

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ISBN 10: 0393061264 / ISBN 13: 9780393061260
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Hardcover. The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastatin.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 660 pages. 1.111. N° de ref. de la librería 9780393061260

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Título: Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the ...

Año de publicación: 2011

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:New

Edición: 1st.

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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. 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations

About the Author:

Richard White, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Parkman Prize, is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University.

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