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This original, deeplyresearched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in themaking of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robberbarons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead wehave a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history tobe rooted in failure as well as success.

Author Biography

Richard White is an historian of great originality, range, and authority. Winner of a MacArthur award and the Parkman Prize, he is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
List of Maps and Chartsp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Genesisp. 1
First Principlesp. 3
Patriotism and Profitp. 9
The Acts of the Foundersp. 17
Building with Other People's Moneyp. 26
Golden Spikep. 37
A Railroad Lifep. 39
Annus Horribilis: 1873p. 47
Springtime in Mexicop. 51
Springtime in Canadap. 55
The Indians' Perpetual Winterp. 59
Political Storms Brewingp. 62
Information and Trustp. 66
The Long Winterp. 77
Stories of the Fallp. 84
A Railroad Life: William Hydep. 88
Friendsp. 93
The Lobbyp. 102
Antimonopoly and Party Politicsp. 109
The Southern Transcontinentalp. 118
Reform in the Gilded Agep. 130
A Railroad Life: Elias C. Boudinotp. 134
Spatial Politicsp. 140
Absolute Spacep. 142
Relational Spacep. 146
The Things They Carriedp. 152
How Railroad Rates Construct Spacep. 162
The Rise of the Octopusp. 169
Regulating Spacep. 174
A Railroad Life: Alfred A. Cohenp. 179
Kilkenny Catsp. 186
Creative Destructionp. 188
The Colton Trialp. 197
Territoryp. 203
Rationalizing Irrationalityp. 212
Superheroes of Bad Managementp. 216
A System That Did Not Bury Its Deadp. 223
Mise en Scène: Labor in Naturep. 225
Men in Octopus Suitsp. 230
The Visible Handp. 235
Men and Boys: Manhood and Managementp. 243
A Political Animalp. 252
Going Off the Tracksp. 264
A Railroad Life: William Mahlp. 270
Workingmenp. 278
Control of Workp. 282
The Knights of Laborp. 287
Contract Labor and the Chinesep. 293
Rock Springsp. 305
Workers' Marginalismp. 314
A Railroad Life: William Pinkertonp. 317
Looking Backwardp. 326
Benevolent Trustsp. 332
Waiting for Natural Monopolyp. 334
Labor's Defeatsp. 336
Bearsp. 347
The Interstate Commerce Commissionp. 355
The Interstate-Commerce Railway Associationp. 359
Mise en Scène: The Death of Johanna Groganp. 366
Collapsep. 370
An Alcoholics Anonymous for Railroadsp. 372
Bankersp. 378
Villard and Adamsp. 382
The Second Fall of Henry Villardp. 391
The Panic of 1893p. 393
The Struggles of the Octopusp. 398
Mise en Scène: Reading the Newspapersp. 410
Strikep. 414
The Courtsp. 418
Union Pacific and Great Northernp. 422
Pullmanp. 429
The Decline of the Octopusp. 450
Mise en Scène: Following the Detectivesp. 453
Creative Destructionp. 455
Dumb Growthp. 460
Cattlep. 466
The Diverging Dakotasp. 482
Rain Follows the Plowp. 486
Mise en Scène: Wovokap. 496
Epiloguep. 499
Conclusionp. 507
Appendixp. 519
Notesp. 535
Indexp. 643
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