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The Iron Way by William G. Thomas
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Dec 20, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 20 to 25, 2011

In most respects, this is more about the place of the railroad in mid-nineteenth century America than in the Civil War. It's just that the Civil War so dominated that period that any general discussion revolves around it. It's particularly worthwhile in thinking about the role of the railroad in emancipation. At the same time, I'm not certain that there really is a central thesis per se, rather than a generalized exploration of a particular institution and the evolving modern world.

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