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Steam CityRailroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore$
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David Schley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226720258

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226720395.001.0001

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Straight Lines and Crooked Rates

Straight Lines and Crooked Rates

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(p.88) 4 Straight Lines and Crooked Rates
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Steam City
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David Schley
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226720395.003.0005

When the B&O finally opened its tracks to the Ohio River in 1853, it encountered economic conditions very different from those that had prevailed in 1828, when it laid its first rails. Other railroad companies that had formed in its wake now vied for the trade of the West as well. For officials and stockholders in the B&O, this prompted a reconsideration of the company’s goals and practices. When the company began to adopt discriminatory rates that charged more to goods bound for Baltimore than for those bound for Philadelphia or New York, it prompted debates about what the railroad owed to the municipal public that had funded its construction for the past twenty-five years.

Keywords:   railroads, economic geography, rate discrimination, through trade, labor, strikes

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