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H. Roger Grant - Electric Interurbans and the American People - 9780253022721 - V9780253022721
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Electric Interurbans and the American People

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Description for Electric Interurbans and the American People Hardback. Series: Railroads Past & Present. Num Pages: 192 pages, 68 b&w illus. BIC Classification: 1KBB; HBTB; WGF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 188 x 273 x 17. Weight in Grams: 546.

One of the most intriguing yet neglected pieces of American transportation history, electric interurban railroads were designed to assist shoppers, salesmen, farmers, commuters, and pleasure-seekers alike with short distance travel. At a time when most roads were unpaved and horse and buggy travel were costly and difficult, these streetcar-like electric cars were essential to economic growth. But why did interurban fever strike so suddenly and extensively in the Midwest and other areas? Why did thousands of people withdraw their savings to get onto what they believed to be a "gravy train?" How did officials of competing steam railroads respond to ... Read more

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Indiana University Press
Railroads Past & Present
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Place of Publication
Bloomington, IN, United States
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About H. Roger Grant
H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of more than 30 books, including Railroaders without Borders: A History of the Railroad Development Corporation (IUP, 2015), The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South (IUP, 2014), and Railroads and the American People (IUP, 2012).

Reviews for Electric Interurbans and the American People
A well-written social history of the shortest-lived major US transportation mode . . . This book will appeal to railroad enthusiasts and social historians with its extensive stories and case studies of the benefits in that era. . . . Highly recommended.
This compact, highly readable volume should be considered essential to understanding the interurban phenomenon, especially ... Read more

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