Allies of the Earth: Railroads And the Soul of Preservation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Truman State Univ Pr

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What did America lose with the decline of the passenger train? Much more than most of us think. The greatest loss is the alliance between technology and the land, according to public historian Alfred Runte. Once abandoning railroads would have been unthinkable, but we have virtually forgotten the importance of trains for our country and for ourselves. Now the landscape suffers in our mindless rush to get rid of old technology and blindly embrace the new.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Prologue: The Earth on Displayp. 1
The Places We Rodep. 7
The Legacy of Phoebe Snowp. 19
What Europe Is Teaching Stillp. 32
Dismemberment and Farewellp. 39
Vows Made to Riversp. 50
The Debate We Never Hadp. 65
The Quick Fixp. 72
Tunnel Visionp. 81
Home Again, and Santa Barbarap. 88
Gateway to Wildernessp. 100
Designing for Naturep. 111
Grand Canyonp. 127
Future Imperfectp. 135
The Time We Savep. 141
Something Realp. 145
Power and Obligationp. 153
Rethinking Europep. 160
Epilogue: The Land Would Ask for Trainsp. 174
Notesp. 177
For Further Readingp. 185
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 195
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