RAILROADS IN U.S. HISTORY (1830-2010)
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4 programs on 4 DVDs
Runtime: 120 minutes
“Hosted by actor Gregory Wagrowski, this four-volume series reminds viewers that the introduction of railroads signaled a revolutionary socioeconomic change... Combining informative narration, illustrative stills, archival footage, and helpful graphics …. Highly recommended." - Video Librarian
This series offers a fresh perspective on how railroads created and shaped Ameri- ca's financial institutions, America's singular brand of capitalism and its unique way of doing business. The growth of American railroads from 1830 to 1930 is identical with the growth of the nation into the premier industrial power in the world. It is a colorful story that examines the roles and contributions of Johns Hopkins, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould and E.H. Harriman. It is a story that begins a new era in the 21st century with Warren Buffett and his purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
Programs & Chapters:
Program 1: Railroads Come to America (1830 - 1840) In 1830, America was an agrarian nation slowly inching its way west across the continent, but that was about to change spectacularly with the introduction of the steam locomotive and railroads.
The Birth of the Steam Locomotive
It All Begins: The Baltimore and Ohio
The Steam Engine
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Program 2: The First Great Railroad Boom (1841 - 1860) By 1840 the railroad building boom was on and all of America was gripped by rail- road fever and the expectation railroads offered to become a leading industrial power.
America's Brand of Capitalism Emerges from Railroad Fever
Railroads Become Big Business
America's First Wave of Rail Lines
Program 3: A New Era in American Railroading (1861 - 1870) During the Civil War Railroads dramatically changed the way war was waged for- ever. But even more significantly for America, President Abraham Lincoln set the course for railroads to place the nation on the path to greatness as a world power.
President Lincoln's Railroad
Railroads and the Civil War
Depots, Pullman Cars and Airbrakes
The Transcontinental Railroad
Program 4: The Second Great Railroad Boom (1871 - 2010) The Gilded Age, an era of great wealth and vast power, was driven by the railroad industry. It was also a period when the Federal government finally decided to step off the sidelines and help direct the nation's economy by controlling the railroads.
The Railroads Move West
The Railroad Robber Barons
The Federal Government Steps In
Consolidation and the Diesel Engine
America's Railroads Today