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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Audiobook23 hours

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Written by Richard White

Narrated by Paul Woodson

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateJun 5, 2018
ISBN9781541487925
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Author

Richard White

Richard was born and raised in country Australia. Throughout his adult years he experienced recurring depression. To the neck and rising is a blending of personal reflection and observation of King David as he penned Psalm 69. Richard has a degree in Biblical Studies and many years of pastoral ministry experience. This is his first book. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny. They have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and counting.

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