Fueling The Gilded Age: "railroads, Miners, And Disorder In Pennsylvania Coal Country" by Andrew ArnoldFueling The Gilded Age: "railroads, Miners, And Disorder In Pennsylvania Coal Country" by Andrew Arnold

Fueling The Gilded Age: "railroads, Miners, And Disorder In Pennsylvania Coal Country"

byAndrew Arnold

Hardcover | April 11, 2014

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If the railroads won the Gilded Age, the coal industry lost it.  Railroads epitomized modern management, high technology, and vast economies of scale. By comparison, the coal industry was embarrassingly primitive. Miners and operators dug coal, bought it, and sold it in 1900 in the same ways that they had for generations. In the popular imagination, coal miners epitomized anti-modern forces as the so-called “Molly Maguire” terrorists.    
 
Yet the sleekly modern railroads were utterly dependent upon the disorderly coal industry.  Railroad managers demanded that coal operators and miners accept the purely subordinate role implied by their status.  They refused.   
 
Fueling the Gilded Age shows how disorder in the coal industry disrupted the strategic plans of the railroads.  It does so by expertly intertwining the history of two industries – railroads and coal mining – that historians have generally examined from separate vantage points.  It shows the surprising connections between railroad management and miner organizing; railroad freight rate structure and coal mine operations; railroad strategy and strictly local legal precedents.  It combines social, economic, and institutional approaches to explain the Gilded Age from the perspective of the relative losers of history rather than the winners.  It beckons readers to examine the still-unresolved nature of America’s national conundrum: how to reconcile the competing demands of national corporations, local businesses, and employees.   
Title:Fueling The Gilded Age: "railroads, Miners, And Disorder In Pennsylvania Coal Country"Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 11, 2014Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814764983

ISBN - 13:9780814764985

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"In this beautifully crafted new history of capitalism, Arnold shows us how rough and tumble community unionism worked in the years before unions came to the coalfields. We learn about strikes led by women, rough music, square turns, and miner’s freedoms and then how the Knights of Labor and United Mine Workers both emerged by relying on these long and deep coalfield traditions. Vital for anyone wanting to understand the relationship between international capitalism and workplace rights."-Scott Nelson,Legum Professor of History, The College of William & Mary