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The Train and the Telegraph


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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Rights-of-WayChapter 2. Dangerous ExpedientChapter 3. At War with Time and SpaceChapter 4. The American SystemChapter 5. The Struggle for StandardsChapter 6. Telegraphers and RegulatorsConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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A challenge to the long-held notion of close ties between the railroad and telegraph industries of the nineteenth century.

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Benjamin Sidney Michael Schwantes is the managing editor of the JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics and a lecturer at Widener University's Center for Extended Learning.


Well-researched, and very readable overview of the relationship between trains and telegraphs in the United States. It overturns a narrative of a seamless complementarity between the two, highlighting the endless tensions and great variability in usage. -- Tomas Nonnenmacher, Allegheny College * EH.Net *

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