Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: ContentsAcknowledgments Introduction 1. Forcing Nature: An Iron Confederacy Surveyed and Graded 2. The Confederacy Serves the South(ern) 3. Connections: Political Reconstruction and the Public Fiction of the Air Line, 1865-1871 4. The Pennsylvania Railroad's Consolidation, and the Return of the Confederacy 5. Alamance: A Trenchant Blade 6. Pockets Full of Executions: The Railway Corridor in South Carolina 7. Public Fictions 8. A Railway Redemption Conclusion: An Ironic Confederacy Notes Select Bibliography Index Maps1. Core Railway Lines from Atlanta to Richmond, 1868 2. Proposed Line from Washington to Atlanta, 1867 3. Southern Railway Security Company Lines, 1871 IllustrationsUnion soldiers at the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad depot Convict laborers, probably on the Western North Carolina Railroad Railway workers near Murfreesboro, Tennessee Conflict over Reconstruction portrayed as a railroad accident The U.S. Military Railroad Construction Corps Thomas A. Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad Thomas A. Scott's Union Station in Washington, D.C. "A Political Discussion" "Electioneering at the South" White men whipping a black female African American men outside an "eating saloon" in South Carolina Western North Carolina Klansmen surrounding Republican John Campbell Freed people in South Carolina outside the offices of the Freedman's Bureau The lobby of the Kimball House Slaves at work on the North Carolina Railroad Advertisement for the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line A new steam-powered cotton gin in Aiken, South Carolina. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: During Reconstruction, an alliance of southern planters and northern capitalists rebuilt the southern railway system using remnants of the Confederate railroads that had been built and destroyed during the Civil War. In the process of linking Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia by rail, this alliance created one of the largest corporations in the world, engendered bitter political struggles, and transformed the South in lasting ways, says Scott Nelson.
Iron Confederacies uses the history of southern railways to explore linkages among the themes of states' rights, racial violence, labor strife, and big business in the nineteenth-century South. By 1868, Ku Klux Klan leaders had begun mobilizing white resentment against rapid economic change by asserting that railroad consolidation led to political corruption and black economic success. As Nelson notes, some of the Klan's most violent activity was concentrated along the Richmond-Atlanta rail corridor. But conflicts over railroads were eventually resolved, he argues, in agreements between northern railroad barons and Klan leaders that allowed white terrorism against black voters while surrendering states' control over the southern economy.
"The story is captivatingly written, briskly paced, and contains a wealth of detail."-- Journal of Southern History
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