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The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890

by Taylor, George Rogers and Neu, Irene D.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Retail Price: $18.95
Issue: Fall 2003
ISBN: 025207114X

First published in 1956, this is a classic account of the consolidation and unification of standards that made it possible for the rapid expansion of the country's rail network. The authors demonstrate how the consolidation of the smaller lines and the growth of capitalism helped to unify the industry through standardization.

review of The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890, by Taylor, George Rogers, Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2003).