Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Steam CityRailroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Schley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226720258

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226720395.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

The Urban Origins of the American Railroad

The Urban Origins of the American Railroad

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 The Urban Origins of the American Railroad
Source:
Steam City
Author(s):
David Schley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226720395.003.0002

This chapter reconstructs the economic visions that animated popular enthusiasm for and public investment in the railroad in the early republic. The decision by citizens of Baltimore to launch the first long-distance rail line in the United States sparked a wide-ranging conversation about how railroad technology would work and whose interests it would serve. The B&O’s founders portrayed the railroad as an instrument of urban development, arguing that it would make Baltimore the principal eastern entrepôt for the trade of the American West. Baltimore’s mercantile community, press, and city government embraced this vision and characterized the railroad as a public project, one that had a pressing claim to municipal and state funds.

Keywords:   railroads, corporations, early republic, slavery, capitalism, economic geography, public finance, municipal government

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.