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The Railroad Builders; a chronicle of the welding of the states电子书

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作       者:Moody, John, 1868-1958

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出版时间:2017-11-28

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The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad. One transformed millions of acres of uncultivated land into fertile farms, while the other furnished the transportation which carried the crops to distant markets. Before these inventions appeared, it is true, Americans had crossed the Alleghanies, reached the Mississippi Valley, and had even penetrated to the Pacific coast; thus in a thousand years or so the United States might conceivably have become a far-reaching, straggling, loosely jointed Roman Empire, depending entirely upon its oceans, internal watercourses, and imperial highways for such economic and political integrity as it might achieve. But the great miracle of the nineteenth century—the building of a new nation, reaching more than three thousand miles from sea to sea, giving sustenance to more than one hundred million free people, and diffusing among them the necessities and comforts of civilization to a greater extent than the world had ever known before is explained by the development of harvesting machinery and of the railroad.
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CHAPTER I. A CENTURY OF RAILROAD BUILDING

CHAPTER II. THE COMMODORE AND THE NEW YORK CENTRAL

CHAPTER III. THE GREAT PENNSYLVANIA SYSTEM

CHAPTER IV. THE ERIE RAILROAD

CHAPTER V. CROSSING THE APPALACHIAN RANGE

CHAPTER VI. LINKING THE OCEANS

CHAPTER VII. PENETRATING THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

CHAPTER VIII. BUILDING ALONG THE SANTA FE TRAIL

CHAPTER IX. THE GROWTH OF THE HILL LINES

CHAPTER X. THE RAILROAD SYSTEM OF THE SOUTH

CHAPTER XI. THE LIFE WORK OF EDWARD H. HARRIMAN

CHAPTER XII. THE AMERICAN RAILROAD PROBLEM

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