Passage to Union by Sarah H. Gordon
How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1829-1929

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How the railroads transformed American life between 1829 and 1929, and why the cost of their achievements was so damaging to the social and economic life of the nation. A quite wonderful book...richly textured and intellectually stimulating. —Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University. Selected by Choice as an outstanding book for 1997.

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Sarah Gordon teaches American history at the Tikvah High School for Girls and at Quinnipiac College, both in Connecticut.
Published November 1, 1997 by Ivan R. Dee. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Of the casual rural stations, for example, Dickens noted wryly: ``The train calls at stations in the woods, where the wild impossibility of anybody having the smallest reason to get out is only to be equaled by the apparently desperate hopelessness of there being anybody to get in.'' And mores of...

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There can be no denying that the railroad was a key participant in all these trends, but Passage to Union makes no effort to disentangle the influence of the railroad from the myriad other forces that transformed American life in the hundred years following its introduction.

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