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The iron way
Thomas, William G.

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The iron way
railroads, the Civil War, and the making of modern America
William G. Thomas

Published 2011 by Yale University Press in New Haven .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Beginning with Frederick Douglass's escape from slavery in 1838 on the railroad, and ending with the driving of the golden spike to link the transcontinental railroad in 1869, this book charts a critical period of American expansion and national formation, one largely dominated by the dynamic growth of railroads and telegraphs. William G. Thomas brings new evidence to bear on railroads, the Confederate South, slavery, and the Civil War era, based on groundbreaking research in digitized sources never available before. The Iron Way revises our ideas about the emergence of modern America and the role of the railroads in shaping the sectional conflict. Both the North and the South invested in railroads to serve their larger purposes, Thomas contends. Though railroads are often cited as a major factor in the Union's victory, he shows that they were also essential to the formation of "the South" as a unified region. He discusses the many--and sometimes unexpected--effects of railroad expansion and proposes that America's great railroads became an important symbolic touchstone for the nation's vision of itself. Please visit the Railroads and the Making of Modern America website at http://railroads.unl.edu"--

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-274) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.7/1
Library of Congress
E491 .T53 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
281 p. :
Number of pages
281

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25101485M
Internet Archive
ironwayrailroads00will
ISBN 10
0300141076
ISBN 13
9780300141078
LC Control Number
2011020608
OCLC/WorldCat
711045598

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