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The matter-of-fact descriptive title of this interesting little volume on railroading in the pre-Civil War South does not do justice to Alvarez's coverage of the subject. The book is a fascinating and well-written history of railroads and their effect on the economic development of the region, the relationship among the classes and races, thoughts on Jeffersonian democracy, as well as a full account of trains and train accommodations, the technological developments of early railroading and the limitations. The author quotes extensively from travelers's diaries and letters to great effect. With extensive footnotes and bibliography. 221 pages with index.
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Eugene Alvarez served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He later became a professor of history. He is now retired and enjoys travelling and playing the harmonica.Review:
“Here is a carefully researched account of all aspects of railroading—engines, cars, life aboard, perils of the road, stations—with much contemporary flavor [from] this boisterous era.” —Anniston Star
“A charming and informative examination of the early years of railroads. It is also history of the kind I like best: a study not of great events or momentous trends, but of how people lived.” — Jonathan Yardley, Miami Herald
“Excellently and extensively illustrated and can be recommended to all interested in trains and southern social history.”—Journal of Southern History
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Book Description The University of Alabama Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0817353127 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1349315
Book Description The University of Alabama Pres, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110817353127
Book Description The University of Alabama Press, 1974. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0817353127