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Railroads and the American People (Railroads Past and Present)

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In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics--trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America--illustrating each topic with carefully chosen period illustrations. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals. He discusses the important role railroads played for towns and cities across America, not only for the access they provided to distant places and distant markets but also for the depots that were a focus of community life. Finally, Grant reviews the lasting heritage of the railroads as it has been preserved in word, stone, paint, and memory. Railroads and the American People is a sparkling paean to American railroading by one of its finest historians.

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"In this delightful and informative study, Clemson University historian Grant (Iowa's Railroads) explores America's 'love affair with the iron horse,' approaching the subject from a primarily social viewpoint. Drawing from memoirs and anecdotes supplemented with hundreds of photos and reproductions, Grant covers the golden age of railroading (1830 — 1930) plus the last heyday of the '40s and '50s. He shows just how the railroads influenced and shaped the country, even as they evolved over time. In the first section, the author covers the development, design, and culture of the actual rolling stock. The 'Stations' chapter is all about the depots and buildings that serviced and expanded the industry. In 'Communities,' Grant delves into the love/hate relationship Americans have had with trains. Finally, 'Legacy' explores the many ways in which the railroads left indelible marks on American society, from place names to common idioms. With plenty of detail, Grant brings a bygone era back to life, addressing everything from social and commercial appeal, racial and gender issues, safety concerns, and leaps in technology. But Grant never loses sight of the big picture and the essential role the railroads played in American life. He writes with authority and clarity in a work that can appeal to both casual and hardcore enthusiasts. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 25 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008) and (with Don L. Hofsommer) Iowa's Railroads (IUP, 2009).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253006332
Author:
Grant, H Roger
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Grant, H. Roger
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
History; Railroad and Transportation; Railroads and Transportation
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Railroads Past and Present
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
122 b/w illus.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
10.1 x 7.2 x 1.1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this delightful and informative study, Clemson University historian Grant (Iowa's Railroads) explores America's 'love affair with the iron horse,' approaching the subject from a primarily social viewpoint. Drawing from memoirs and anecdotes supplemented with hundreds of photos and reproductions, Grant covers the golden age of railroading (1830 — 1930) plus the last heyday of the '40s and '50s. He shows just how the railroads influenced and shaped the country, even as they evolved over time. In the first section, the author covers the development, design, and culture of the actual rolling stock. The 'Stations' chapter is all about the depots and buildings that serviced and expanded the industry. In 'Communities,' Grant delves into the love/hate relationship Americans have had with trains. Finally, 'Legacy' explores the many ways in which the railroads left indelible marks on American society, from place names to common idioms. With plenty of detail, Grant brings a bygone era back to life, addressing everything from social and commercial appeal, racial and gender issues, safety concerns, and leaps in technology. But Grant never loses sight of the big picture and the essential role the railroads played in American life. He writes with authority and clarity in a work that can appeal to both casual and hardcore enthusiasts. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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