The matter-of-fact descriptive title of this interesting little volume on railroading in the pre–Civil War South does not do justice to Alvarez’s coverage of the subject. Along with his full account of trains and train accommodations, he manages to encompass a number of social, political, and even ideological subjects.
PrefaceThe Introduction of the RailroadThe Railroad Mania Continues to GrowEngines of Smoke, Fire, and CindersThe Railroad Passenger CarThe Hazardous RoadwayThe Perils of the RoadThe Railroad StationSociety in the CarsTraveling Through the SouthEpilogueAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex
Eugene Alvarez served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He later became a professor of history. He is now retired and enjoys travelling and playing the harmonica.