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Author Thomas, William G., 1964-

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

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.71 T368i 2011    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description 281 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-274) and index.
Contents Prologue -- Part I: Tools. Slavery, the South, and "every bar of railroad iron" ; Railroads, the North, and "the velocity of progress" -- Part II: Leviathan. Secession and a modern war ; Fighting the Confederate landscapes ; The railroad war zones ; The Confederate nation "cut off from the world" ; The railroad strategy -- Part III: Vortex. After emancipation -- Epilogue : The road to Promontory Summit -- Appendix : Tables.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Transportation.
Railroads -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Railroads -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Confederate States of America. Army -- Transportation.
United States. Army -- Transportation -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Territorial expansion -- History -- 19th century.
Confederate States of America. Army. (OCoLC)fst00539981
United States. Army. (OCoLC)fst00533532
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
Armed Forces -- Transportation (OCoLC)fst01351915
Railroads. (OCoLC)fst01088711
Territorial expansion. (OCoLC)fst01355135
Transportation. (OCoLC)fst01155007
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States -- Confederate States of America. (OCoLC)fst01205435
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300141078 (alk. paper)
0300141076 (alk. paper)
9780300187465 (pbk.)
0300187467 (pbk.)

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