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Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country

Andrew B. Arnold

Abstract

If the railroads won the Gilded Age, the coal industry lost it. Railroads epitomized modern management, high technology, and vast economies of scale. By comparison, the coal industry was embarrassingly primitive. Miners and operators dug coal, bought it, and sold it in 1900 in the same ways that they had for generations. In the popular imagination, coal miners epitomized anti-modern forces as the so-called “Molly Maguire” terrorists. Yet the sleekly modern railroads were utterly dependent upon the disorderly coal industry. Railroad managers demanded that coal operators and miners accept the pu ... More

Keywords: railroads, coal industry, coal mining, railroad management, railroad freight, Gilded Age, miner organizing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814764985
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814764985.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew B. Arnold, author