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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.
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 Illustrations||p. xiii|
|List of Maps and Charts||p. xv|
|First Principles||p. 3|
|Patriotism and Profit||p. 9|
|The Acts of the Founders||p. 17|
|Building with Other People's Money||p. 26|
|Golden Spike||p. 37|
|A Railroad Life||p. 39|
|Annus Horribilis: 1873||p. 47|
|Springtime in Mexico||p. 51|
|Springtime in Canada||p. 55|
|The Indians' Perpetual Winter||p. 59|
|Political Storms Brewing||p. 62|
|Information and Trust||p. 66|
|The Long Winter||p. 77|
|Stories of the Fall||p. 84|
|A Railroad Life: William Hyde||p. 88|
|The Lobby||p. 102|
|Antimonopoly and Party Politics||p. 109|
|The Southern Transcontinental||p. 118|
|Reform in the Gilded Age||p. 130|
|A Railroad Life: Elias C. Boudinot||p. 134|
|Spatial Politics||p. 140|
|Absolute Space||p. 142|
|Relational Space||p. 146|
|The Things They Carried||p. 152|
|How Railroad Rates Construct Space||p. 162|
|The Rise of the Octopus||p. 169|
|Regulating Space||p. 174|
|A Railroad Life: Alfred A. Cohen||p. 179|
|Kilkenny Cats||p. 186|
|Creative Destruction||p. 188|
|The Colton Trial||p. 197|
|Rationalizing Irrationality||p. 212|
|Superheroes of Bad Management||p. 216|
|A System That Did Not Bury Its Dead||p. 223|
|Mise en Scène: Labor in Nature||p. 225|
|Men in Octopus Suits||p. 230|
|The Visible Hand||p. 235|
|Men and Boys: Manhood and Management||p. 243|
|A Political Animal||p. 252|
|Going Off the Tracks||p. 264|
|A Railroad Life: William Mahl||p. 270|
|Control of Work||p. 282|
|The Knights of Labor||p. 287|
|Contract Labor and the Chinese||p. 293|
|Rock Springs||p. 305|
|Workers' Marginalism||p. 314|
|A Railroad Life: William Pinkerton||p. 317|
|Looking Backward||p. 326|
|Benevolent Trusts||p. 332|
|Waiting for Natural Monopoly||p. 334|
|Labor's Defeats||p. 336|
|The Interstate Commerce Commission||p. 355|
|The Interstate-Commerce Railway Association||p. 359|
|Mise en Scène: The Death of Johanna Grogan||p. 366|
|An Alcoholics Anonymous for Railroads||p. 372|
|Villard and Adams||p. 382|
|The Second Fall of Henry Villard||p. 391|
|The Panic of 1893||p. 393|
|The Struggles of the Octopus||p. 398|
|Mise en Scène: Reading the Newspapers||p. 410|
|The Courts||p. 418|
|Union Pacific and Great Northern||p. 422|
|The Decline of the Octopus||p. 450|
|Mise en Scène: Following the Detectives||p. 453|
|Creative Destruction||p. 455|
|Dumb Growth||p. 460|
|The Diverging Dakotas||p. 482|
|Rain Follows the Plow||p. 486|
|Mise en Scène: Wovoka||p. 496|
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