Transportation and the American People
Railroads Past and Present
Published by: Indiana University Press
264 pages, 178.00 x 254.00 x 0.00 mm, 40 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780253043306
- Published: October 2019
Transportation is the unsung hero in America's story. Stagecoaches, waterways, canals, railways, busses, and airplanes revolutionized much more than just the way people got around; they transformed the economic, political, and social aspects of everyday life. In Transportation and the American People, renowned historian H. Roger Grant tells the story of American transportation from its slow, uncomfortable, and often dangerous beginnings to the speed and comfort of travel today. Early advances like stagecoaches and canals allowed traders, business, and industry to expand across the nation, setting the stage for modern developments like transcontinental railways and busses that would forever reshape the continent. Grant provides a compelling and thoroughly researched narrative of the social history of travel, shining a light on the role of transportation in shaping the country and on the people who helped build it.
1. Steady but Uncomfortable: Stagecoaches and the American People
2. Waterways and the American People
3. Slow and Steady: Canals and the American People
4. Railways and the American People
5. Buses and the American People
6. Airplanes and the American People
This is an outstanding contribution to transportation history, one that is genuinely needed to both enrich and expose the core scholarly resources available in the field. Especially noteworthy is the attention to previously neglected topics: stagecoaches, paddle boats, canal transport, and buses, making this work a unique source for the study of transportation in the US.~Choice