Railroaded : : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America

Title Railroaded : : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America
Names White, Richard.
Book Number DB121468
Title Status Active
Narrator Woodson, Paul.
Language English
Annotation "A 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."-- From publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
Medium Digital Books
Local Subject Unrated - UNRAT
United States - History - 973
Transportation - Railroad - 385
Commerce, communications, transportation - 380
LC Subject Railroads - United States - History - 19th century
Land settlement - United States - History - 19th century
National characteristics, American
Call Number 385.097309
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress,
Original Publication Reissue of: New York : Tantor Media, Inc., 2012. 9781541497924
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