New Stuff Tuesday – February 17, 2015

The Value of the Humanities

American Railroads: decline and renaissance in the twentieth century
by Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer
HE2751 .G337 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor

This work on America’s Railroad systems by Gallamore and Meyer paints a roller coaster ride that is the history of this transportation method. Throughout the 20th century, a reader sees the picture of an industry in stark decline. It is only by sweeping reform action by Congress that our nations’s railroads were able to be saved from near extinction in 1970. The reinvention of the railroad in the later half of the century leaves the reader with hope for the future of this industry. This is an excellent book that tells more than just the history of railroads, but a history of how American economics and business and unfolded in the twentieth century.

Interested in local history? Read about the history of railroads in Whitewater by the Whitewater Historical Society.

About James Castrillo

Reference and Instruction Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Andersen Library. Liaison to History, Women's/Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Theatre and Dance, Philosophy and Religious Studies departments.
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