RAILROADS, THE FIRST BIG BUSINESS
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2nd Mini, AY1999-00
Graduate School of
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Instructor: Keith T. Poole
Office: 231F GSIA
Classroom: Room 145
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM Thursdays
The following text will
be used in this course:
Alfred D. Chandler,
Jr., The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
The readings listed
in the assignments are in the course packet.
One term paper is
required. The topic must be approved by the instructor and it must be related
to business issues raised by the course readings and lectures.
Introduction: Why Are Railroads Important?
Railroads and Economic Growth, 1865 - 1900.
- American Railroads,
by John Stover, Chs 2 & 3
How Business Was Conducted Before the Railroads
- The Visible Hand,
Chs 1 & 2
Railroads as Big Business -- Part 1
Railroads as Big Business -- Part 2
Railroads as Big Business -- Part 3
- Chapters 3 - 6, The
The Evolution of Railroad Technology
The Nature of Railroad Competition
- John D. Rockefeller,
Vol. 1, by Allan Nevins, Ch. 12, pp. 247-275.
Railroads and the Development of Agriculture
- A Congressional
History of Railways, by Lewis H. Haney, Ch. 19, pp.240-259.
- "A Reappraisal of
the Causes of Farm Protest in the United States," by Anne Mayhew, Journal
of Economic History 32: (June 1972) pp. 464-475.
- "Mortgage Interest
Rates in the Populist Era," by Barry Eichengreen, American Economic
Review 74 (Dec. 1984): pp. 995-1015.
Railroads and the Transformation of the Iron and Steel Industry
- The Visible Hand,
Chs. 7 & 8
Railroads and the Financial Markets
- A Chapter of
Erie, by Charles Francis Adams, Jr.
Railroads and the Dead Hand of Government
Railroads Triumphant: 1980-1999
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