Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South (Paperback)R. Scott Huffard Jr. (author)
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However, as the railroad spread across the region, it also introduced new dangers and anxieties. White southerners came to fear the railroad would speed an upending of the racial order, epidemics of yellow fever, train wrecks, violent robberies, and domination by corporate monopolies. To complete the reconstruction of capitalism, railroad corporations and their allies had to sever the negative aspects of railroading from capitalism's powers and deny the railroad's transformative powers to black southerners. This study of the New South's experience with the growing railroad network provides valuable insights into the history of capitalism--how it evolves, expands, and overcomes resistance.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 324
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
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