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Journalists and poets, economists and political historians, have told the story of Canada's railways, but their accounts pay little attention to the workers who built them. The Bunkhouse Man is the only study devoted to these men and their lives in construction camps; a pioneering work in sociology, it is still the best description of what it was like to be a working man in Canada before the First World War. E.W. Bradwin drew on his own experience as an instructor for Frontier College, working alongside his students during the day and teaching at night, to present this graphic portrait of life in the camps from 1903 to 1914. No detached observer, Bradwin played a vigorous role trying to improve the lot of the men-practicing the sociology of engagement advocated by radical sociologists today. Work camps have existed in Canada from early pioneer times to the 1970s and are unlikely to disappear. In the years of Bradwin's study there were as many as 3,000 large camps employing 200,000 men, 5 per cent of the male labour force. Like the settling of the prairies, these camps are a characteristic Canadian phenomenon, but they have never drawn comparable attention. The republication of The Bunkhouse Man, with an introduction by Jean Burnet, makes available once more a work essential to the exploration of Canada's history and social structure.
The arrival of railroads in the Gulf Southwest marked a turning point in America's last frontier. Although the railroads were not the primary cause of westward expansion, they furnished the ways and means for hardy and courageous people, some from distant lands, to build and develop a vast new segment of a growing America. Then Came the Railroads: The Century from Steam to Diesel in the Southwest tells the story of these railroads and the people who built and followed them. American Indians, the land, and even the elements were hostile to the railroad builders, who laid thousands of miles of shining rails from Kansas and Missouri to the Gulf and from the Mississippi to the Rockies. Frontier settlers also faced hostile conditions, and they did not always see eye to eye with the railroads. But when faced with overwhelming odds, they joined forces and worked together to make the Southwest what it is today. The road was not easy. The railroads were torn by internal strife, and settlers met seemingly insurmountable obstacles: droughts, floods, and economic depression. Railroads and settlers depended on each other for existence, and with that realization came the answer to coexistence - friendly cooperation.
In the development of mid-America after the Civil War the pacesetter was not so much the prairie schooner as it was a much newer phenomenon, the railroad. In the race from Missouri and Kansas to the Gulf of Mexico, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Company (MK&T) led the way. A dynamic, hard-hitting railroad, the Katy beat all competitors to the northern border of Indian Territory in 1870 - more than two decades before the opening of the Cherokee Strip and the formation of the Oklahoma Territory. But the Katy did not stop at Indian Territory; it plunged southward across the Red River into Texas, and then built in the other direction, linking St. Louis with the developing areas of southern Texas and the Gulf. The Katy Railroad and the Last Frontier traces the history of the Katy from its earliest beginnings to the present. It is railroad history at its best: objectively written, revealing the human failings as well as the titanic achievements of early railroad builders in the Southwest. It depicts the construction problems, the battle for townsite spoils, the financial struggles between railroads and their financial backers, and the development of new towns and cities through the growth of rail transportation.