Railroads and the American People

Railroads and the American People

H. Roger Grant
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Format: Hardback 122 b/w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00633-2
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Gold Medal, Automotive / Aviation / Railroad category, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards

In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad’s "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation’s railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics—trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America—illustrating each topic with carefully chosen period illustrations. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals. He discusses the important role railroads played for towns and cities across America, not only for the access they provided to distant places and distant markets but also for the depots that were a focus of community life. Finally, Grant reviews the lasting heritage of the railroads as it has been preserved in word, stone, paint, and memory. Railroads and the American People is a sparkling paean to American railroading by one of its finest historians.

Author Bio

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 25 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008) and (with Don L. Hofsommer) Iowa’s Railroads (IUP, 2009).


“Bronze Medal, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year 2013 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection, Outstanding rating Gold Medal, Automotive / Aviation / Railroad category, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards”

“Is it necessary to comment on an established author such as Roger Grant. Heavens, he is a fine scholar and writes better than Hemingway!”
 — John White, author of The American Railroad Passenger Car

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