A Great and Shining Road

A Great and Shining Road

Author: John Hoyt Williams

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803297890

Category: Transportation

Page: 390

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The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads were officially joined on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, with the driving of a golden spike. This historic ceremony marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Spanning the Sierras and the “Great American Desert,” the tracks connected San Francisco to Council Bluffs, Iowa. A Great and Shining Road is the exciting story of a mammoth feat that called forth entrepreneurial daring, financial wizardry, technological innovation, political courage and chicanery, and the heroism of thousands of laborers.

The Great American Railroad War

The Great American Railroad War

Author: Dennis Drabelle

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250015051

Category: History

Page: 320

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How two of America's greatest authors took on the Central Railroad monopoly The notorious Central Pacific Railroad riveted the attention of two great American writers: Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris. In The Great American Railroad War, Dennis Drabelle tells a classic story of corporate greed vs. the power of the pen. The Central Pacific Railroad accepted US Government loans; but, when the loans fell due, the last surviving founder of the railroad avoided repayment. Bierce, at the behest of his boss William Randolph Hearst, swung into action writing over sixty stinging articles that became a signal achievement in American journalism. Later, Norris focused the first volume of his trilogy, The Octopus, on the freight cars of a thinly disguised version of the Central Pacific. The Great American Railroad War is a lively chapter of US history pitting two of America's greatest writers against one of America's most powerful corporations. "Readers with interests in western American history or the origins of today’s political quagmires will find much to relish. " - Publishers Weekly

Justice Stephen Field

Justice Stephen Field

Author: Paul Kens

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015041013296

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

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Outspoken and controversial, Stephen Field served on the Supreme Court from his appointment by Lincoln in 1863 through the closing years of the century. No justice had ever served longer on the Court, and few were as determined to use the Court to lead the nation into a new and exciting era. Paul Kens shows how Field ascended to such prominence, what influenced his legal thought and court opinions, and why both are still very relevant today. One of the famous gold rush forty-niners, Field was a founder of Marysville, California, a state legislator, and state supreme court justice. His decisions from the state bench and later from the federal circuit court often placed him in the middle of tense conflicts over the distribution of the land and mineral wealth of the new state. Kens illuminates how Field's experiences in early California influenced his jurisprudence and produced a theory of liberty that reflected both the ideals of his Jacksonian youth and the teachings of laissez-faire economics. During the time that Field served on the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation went through the Civil War and Reconstruction and moved from an agrarian to an industrial economy in which big business dominated. Fear of concentrated wealth caused many reformers of the time to look to government as an ally in the preservation of their liberty. In the volatile debates over government regulation of business, Field became a leading advocate of substantive due process and liberty of contract, legal doctrines that enabled the Court to veto state economic legislation and heavily influenced constitutional law well into the twentieth century. In the effort to curb what he viewed as the excessive power of government, Field tended to side with business and frequently came into conflict with reformers of his era. Gracefully written and filled with sharp insights, Kens' study sheds new light on Field's role in helping the Court define the nature of liberty and determine the extent of constitutional protection of property. By focusing on the political, economic, and social struggles of his time, it explains Field's jurisprudence in terms of conflicting views of liberty and individualism. It firmly establishes Field as a persuasive spokesman for one side of that conflict and as a prototype for the modern activist judge, while providing an important new view of capitalist expansion and social change in Gilded Age America.

Why Lawsuits are Good for America

Why Lawsuits are Good for America

Author: Carl T. Bogus

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814737941

Category: Law

Page: 265

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Judging by the frequency with which it makes an appearance in television news shows and late night stand up routines, the frivolous lawsuit has become part and parcel of our national culture. A woman sues McDonald’s because she was scalded when she spilled her coffee. Thousands file lawsuits claiming they were injured by Agent Orange, silicone breast implants, or Bendectin although scientists report these substances do not cause the diseases in question. The United States, conventional wisdom has it, is a hyperlitigious society, propelled by avaricious lawyers, harebrained judges, and runaway juries. Lawsuits waste money and time and, moreover, many are simply groundless. Carl T. Bogus is not so sure. In Why Lawsuits Are Good for America, Bogus argues that common law works far better than commonly understood. Indeed, Bogus contends that while the system can and occasionally does produce “wrong” results, it is very difficult for it to make flatly irrational decisions. Blending history, theory, empirical data, and colorful case studies, Bogus explains why the common law, rather than being outdated, may be more necessary than ever. As Bogus sees it, the common law is an essential adjunct to governmental regulation—essential, in part, because it is not as easily manipulated by big business. Meanwhile, big business has launched an all out war on the common law. “Tort reform”—measures designed to make more difficult for individuals to sue corporations—one of the ten proposals in the Republican Contract With America, and George W. Bush’s first major initiative as Governor of Texas. And much of what we have come to believe about the system comes from a coordinated propaganda effort by big business and its allies. Bogus makes a compelling case for the necessity of safeguarding the system from current assaults. Why Lawsuits Are Good for America provides broad historical overviews of the development of American common law, torts, products liability, as well as fresh and provocative arguments about the role of the system of “disciplined democracy” in the twenty-first century.

Sam Houston

Sam Houston

Author: John Hoyt Williams

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671880712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 466

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Discusses Houston's military feats, including his capture of Santa Ana, his role as governor of Texas, and his personal life

Revered Commander, Maligned General

Revered Commander, Maligned General

Author: Michael E. Shay

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826219220

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

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Intro -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface -- 1. The Making of a Soldier -- 2. Boots, Saddles, and Wedding Bells -- 3. The Not So "Splendid Little War": The Philippines -- 4. The Bureau of Insular Affairs -- 5. Preparation for War: Wyoming, Texas, Hawaii, and the Canal Zone -- 6. "Daddy"--7. Postwar Doings -- 8. "Doneroving": The Final Years -- Epilogue -- List of Abbreviations -- Notes -- References -- Index.

The Breath of the Gods

The Breath of the Gods

Author: Sidney McCall

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547218883

Category: Fiction

Page: 409

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Breath of the Gods" by Sidney McCall. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Great Iron Link

The Great Iron Link

Author: Rosemary Laughlin

Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub

ISBN: 1883846145

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 109

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Recounts the building of the Central Pacific Railroad and sketches the lives of the five men whose idea it was: Theodore Judah, Charlie Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Collis Huntington.

The Genius of H. G. Wells: 120+ Sci-Fi Novels & Stories in One Volume

The Genius of H. G. Wells: 120+ Sci-Fi Novels & Stories in One Volume

Author: H. G. Wells

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 9788027223480

Category: Fiction

Page: 2990

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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. H. G. Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific English writer of fiction works, history and politics. Wells is called a father of science fiction. Table of Contents: A Modern Utopia Ann Veronica Bealby In the Days of the Comet The Chronic Argonauts The First Men in the Moon The Invisible Man The Island of Dr Moreau The New Machiavelli The Passionate Friends The Prophetic Trilogy The Research Magnificent The Sea Lady The Secret Places of the Heart The Soul of a Bishop The Time Machine The Undying Fire The War in the Air The War of the Worlds The World Set Free Tono-bungay When the Sleeper Wakes Collections of Short Stories Short Stories: A Catastrophe A Deal in Ostriches A Dream of Armageddon A Slip Under the Microscope A Story of the Days to Come A Story of the Stone Age A Tale of the Twentieth Century A Talk with Gryllotalpa How Gabriel Became Thompson How Pingwill Was Routed In the Abyss Le Mari Terrible Miss Winchelsea's Heart Mr. Brisher's Treasure Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation Mr. Marshall's Doppelganger Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland My First Aeroplane Our Little Neighbour Perfect Gentleman on Wheels Pollock and the Porroh Man The Empire of the Ants The Flying Man The Grisly Folk The Inexperienced Ghost The Land Ironclads The Lord of the Dynamos The Loyalty of Esau Common The Magic Shop The Man Who Could Work Miracles The Man with a Nose The Moth The New Accelerator The New Faust The Obliterated Man The Pearl of Love The Presence by the Fire The Purple Pileus The Rajah's Treasure The Reconciliation The Red Room The Sea Raiders The Star The Stolen Body The Story of the Last Trump The Story of the Stone Age The Temptation of Harringay The Thing in No. 7...

The Chinese in America

The Chinese in America

Author: Susie Lan Cassel

Publisher: Altamira Press

ISBN: UOM:39015054436889

Category: History

Page: 490

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A collection of essays focusing on the experience of Chinese immigration in America spanning from the arrival of Chinese gold miners in 1849 to the present day.