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Travel on Southern Antebellum Railroads, 1828-1860 by Eugene Alvarez

Travel on Southern Antebellum Railroads, 1828-1860


Travel on Southern Antebellum Railroads, 1828-1860 by Eugene Alvarez

This volume presents railroading in its heyday. 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.


Here is a carefully researched account of all aspects of railroading - engines, cars, life aboard, perils of the road, stations - with much contemporary flavor [from] this boisterous era. - Anniston Star A charming and informative examination of the early years of railroads. It is also history of the kind I like best: a study not of great events or momentous trends, but of how people lived. - Jonathan Yardley, Miami Herald Excellently and extensively illustrated and can be recommended to all interested in trains and southern social history. - Journal of Southern History

About the Author

Eugene Alvarez served in the U.S.Marine Corpsduring the Korean War. He later became a professor of history. He is now retired and enjoys travelling and playing the harmonica.

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Publication date

1st August 2007


Eugene Alvarez

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The University of Alabama Press


234 pages


Trains & railways: general interest
Social & cultural history



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