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Steam City: Railroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore

David Schley

Abstract

Historians have identified nineteenth-century railroads as both the engines of and models for industrial, corporate capitalism, but at the dawn of the railroad age, a very different vision prevailed. The people who founded the first American railroads in the 1820s and 1830s conceived of them as urban improvements, publicly funded instruments that cities could use to secure hinterlands. This book focuses on the first railroad corporation in the United States, the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), in order to understand how this ambitious urban project became a modern capitalist enterprise. It argues that ... More

Keywords: railroads, urban space, corporations, capitalism, privatization, Baltimore, municipal government, infrastructure, labor, circulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226720258
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226720395.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Schley, author
Hong Kong Baptist University