Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910 William Francis Deverell

ISBN: 9780520205055

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Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910  by  William Francis Deverell

Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910 by William Francis Deverell
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Nothing so changed nineteenth-century America as did the railroad. Growing up together, the iron horse and the young nation developed a fast friendship. Railroad Crossing is the story of what happened to that friendship, particularly in California,MoreNothing so changed nineteenth-century America as did the railroad. Growing up together, the iron horse and the young nation developed a fast friendship. Railroad Crossing is the story of what happened to that friendship, particularly in California, and it illuminates the chaos that was industrial America from the middle of the nineteenth century through the first decade of the twentieth.Americans clamored for the progress and prosperity that railroads would surely bring, and no railroad was more crucial for California than the transcontinental line linking East to West.

With Gold Rush prosperity fading, Californians looked to the railroad as the states new savior. But social upheaval and economic disruption came down the tracks along with growth and opportunity.Analyzing the changes wrought by the railroad, William Deverell reveals the contradictory roles that technology and industrial capitalism played in the lives of Americans. That contrast was especially apparent in California, where the gigantic corporate Octopus—the Southern Pacific Railroad—held near-monopoly status. The states largest employer and biggest corporation, the S.P.

was a key provider of jobs and transportation—and wielder of tremendous political and financial clout.Deverells lively study is peopled by a rich and disparate cast: railroad barons, newspaper editors, novelists, union activists, feminists, farmers, and the railroad workers themselves. Together, their lives reflect the many tensions—political, social, and economic—that accompanied the industrial transition of turn-of-the-century America.



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