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Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South

R. Scott Jr. Huffard

Abstract

After the upheavals of the Civil War and Reconstruction shattered the plantation economy of the Old South, white southerners turned to the railroad to reconstruct capitalism in the region. Examining the rapid growth, systemization, and consolidation of the southern railroad network, R. Scott Huffard Jr. demonstrates how economic and political elites used the symbolic power of the railroad to proclaim a New South had risen. The railroad was more than just an economic engine of growth; it was a powerful symbol of capitalism’s advance.However, as the railroad spread across the region, it also int ... More

Keywords: Railroads, Capitalism, Reconstruction, New South, Yellow fever, Jim Crow, Segregation, Monopoly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652818
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652818.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Scott Jr. Huffard, author
Lees-McRae College