This 4-volume collection is the first compilation of primary sources to historicize the cultural impact of railways on a global scale from their inception in Great Britain to the Great Depression. Gathered together are over 200 rare out-of-print published and unpublished materials from archival and digital repositories throughout the world. Organized by historical geography, volume 4 considers the Americas
Volume IV. The Americas
Part 1: America the Perilous: Cultures of Speed, Equality, and Freedom in the United States
1. Edward Hungerford, ‘Getting the Traffic Through’, Harper’s Magazine 119, 1909, 876-887.
2. Letters from David Henshaw to the Boston Morning Post, on the Western Rail-Road, and the Greatly Beneficial Effects of Internal Improvements (Boston: Beals and Greene, 1839), pp. 3-8.
3. Henry David Thoreau, Walden: A Story of Life in the Woods (New York: A. L. Burt, 1902 [originally published in 1854]), pp. 56-59.
4. Isabella Bird (Mrs. Bishop), The Englishwoman in America (London: John Murray, 1856), pp. 90-115.
5. Charles Weld, A Vacation Tour in the United States (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1859), pp. 192-197, 245-253.
6. Walt Whitman, ‘To a Locomotive in Winter’, in Leaves of Grass (London: D. Bogue, 1881), 358-359.
7. Emily Pfeiffer, Flying Leaves from East to West (London: Field and Tuer, 1885), pp. 118-120.
Part 2: Rivers of Iron: Cultures of Railway Construction and Management
8. Henry L. Abbot and R. S. Williamson, ‘Narrative and Itinerary-Pit River Valley’, Report of Lieut. Henry L. Abbot upon Explorations for a Railroad Route from the Sacramento Valley to the Columbia River (Washington D.C.: 1857), pp. 56-75.
9. ‘Railway Engineering in the United States, The Atlantic Monthly 2, 13 (Nov. 1858), 644-645.
10. Charles De Lano Hine, Letters from an Old Railway Official to His Son, and Division Superintendant (Chicago: The Railway Age, 1904), pp. 1-17.
Part 3: From Eastern Excursions to Transcontinental Tourism
11. Isabella Bird (Mrs. Bishop), The Englishwoman in America (London: John Murray, 1856), pp. 125-126, 133-152.
12. ‘New York’s Elevated Train’, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, (May 25, 1878), p. 203.
13. Figure 1, ‘The Elevated Train in New York’, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, (September 7, 1878), p. 12.
14. Isabella Bird (Mrs. Bishop), The Englishwoman in America (London: John Murray, 1856), pp. 153-158, 344-345, 439-441.
15. William H. Rideing, ‘Scenery of the Pacific Railway’, Art Journal, New Series, III (1877), pp. 105-108, 137-140.
16. W. G. Marshall, Through America: or, Nine Months in the United States (London: S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881), pp. 239-241.
17. Robert S. Minot, Railway Travel in Europe and America (Boston: A. Williams, 1882), pp. 9-12.
18. J. L. Dow, The Australian in America (Melbourne: The "Leader" Office, 1884), pp. xi-xii, 19-21.
19. George Edward Wright, ‘The Chicago Limited Express’, A Visit to the States, 2 vols. (London: G.E. Wright, 1887-88), pp. 362-372.
20. Lilian Leland, Traveling Alone. A Woman’s Journey around the World (New York: American News Company, 1890), pp. 302-313.
21. Lady Howard, Journal of a Tour in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (London: S. Low, Marston, 1897), pp. 76-80.
22. John Foster Fraser, America at Work (London: Cassell, 1903), pp. 124-132.
23. Isabella Bird, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains (London: John Murray, 1910), pp. 25-39.
Part 4: Railroad Problems and Public Health in the U.S.
24. Sidney Andrews. The South since the War (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866), pp. 11, 28-32, 107-109, 201.
25. Figure 2, ‘The Discomforts of Travel-Weary Passengers’, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, (February 9, 1878), pp. 389.
26. David Christie Murray, The Cockney Columbus (London: Downey & Co., 1898), pp. 9, 98-106.
27. William A. Pinkerton, Train Robberies, Train Robbers, and the "Holdup" Men (1907), pp. 8-11, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 56, 58.
28. Jno. C. King and M. D. Banning, ‘Tuberculosis among Railroad Employees’, California State Journal of Medicine 11, 2 (Feb. 1913), pp. 70-71.
29. ‘100 Killed, 100 Hurt in Train Wreck’, The New York Times, July 10, 1918, p. 10.
30. ‘Scores Killed or Maimed in Brighton Beach Tunnel Wreck’, The New York Times, November 2, 1918, pp. 1, 6.
Part 5: Extreme Encounters and The Octopus
31. Rose G. Kingsley, South by West; or, Winter in the Rocky Mountains and Spring in Mexico (London: W. Isbister, 1874), pp. 160-162.
32. Sir Richard Tangye, Reminiscences of Travel in Australia, America, and Egypt (Birmingham: Printed at the Herald Press, 1883), pp. 151-157.
33. Theodore Roosevelt, ‘The Rough Riders’, Scribner’s Magazine 25, 2 (Feb. 1899), pp. 136-146.
34. Frank Norris, The Octopus: A Story of California (New York: Doubleday, 1907), pp. 247-262.
Part 6: The Best in the World: The Dominion of the Canadian Pacific Railway
35. J. T. Breeze, The Dominion of Canada. The Great Institution of Our Country. A Poem on the Grand Trunk Railway (Montreal: n.p., 1867), pp. 6-8.
36. Charles Westly Busk, Notes of a Journey from Toronto to British Columbia via the Northern Pacific Railway, June to July 1884, Being Letters to his Sister and Mother (London: Taylor and Francis, 1884), pp. 3-6.
37. George Edward Wright, A Canadian Tour: A Report of Letters from the Special Correspondent of the Times (London: George Edward Wright, 1886), pp. 17-21.
38. W. S. Caine, A Trip Round the World in 1887-8 (London: G. Routledge & Sons, 1888), pp. 92-118.
39. James Francis Hogan, The Sister Dominions: Through Canada to Australia by the New Imperial Highway (London: Ward and Downey, 1896), pp. 91-96.
40. George Edward Wright, A Canadian Tour: A Report of Letters from the Special Correspondent of the Times (London: George Edward Wright, 1886), pp. 22-29.
41. David Christie Murray, The Cockney Columbus (London: Downey & Co., 1898), pp. 109, 150-156.
42. John Foster Fraser, Canada as it Is (London: Cassell, 1905), pp. 153-160.
Part 7: Corridos and Calaveras: Ballads of Mexican Railroads
43. ‘The Railways from Vera Cruz to Jalapa and Mexico’, in Ferguson’s Anecdotical Guide to Mexico, with a Map of the Railways (Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1876), pp. 25-38.
44. ‘The Corrido of the Electric Trains’, in ‘Corridos from the Porfiriato (the Early 1900s)’ in Nora E. Jaffary, Edward W. Osowski and Susie S. Porter (eds), Mexican History: A Primary Source Reader, Westview Press, 2010), pp. 288-291. Translation by the editors from original publication in Higinio Vazquez Santa Anna, Canciones, cantares y corridos mexicanos (Mexico: Segundo Tomo, León Sánchez, 1925-1931, 244-245, 247-249.
45. John Stealey III (ed.), Porte Crayon’s Mexico: David Hunter Strother’s Diaries in the Early Porfirian Era, 1879-1885 (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 2006), pp. 741-743, 745-746.
46. Fig. 3. Shooting on a Trolley, Fig. 4. Gran Calavera Eléctrica, Fig. 5. Collision of an Electric Streetcar with a Hearse, from José Guadalupe Posada’s Mexican Prints, Roberto Berdecio and Stanley Applebaum (eds.), Posada’s Popular Mexican Prints (New York: Dover Publications, 1972),
47. John L. Stoddard, Lectures, 10 vols. (Boston: Balch, 1899), vol. VII: Mexico, pp. 89-90, 93-94, 97-98, 101-102, 105.
48. Mexico’s Great Isthmus Route: A Souvenir of the Visit of President Porfirio Díaz to Tehuantepec to Inspect the Isthmus Railway and the Port Works at Coatzacoalcos and Salina Cruz (N.p, 1905), pp. 1-5.
49. Johnson Sherrick. Letters of Travel (N.p, 1905), pp. 191-198.
50. John Kenneth Turner, Barbarous Mexico (Chicago: C. H. Kerr, 1910), pp. 49-69.
51. Robert Welles Ritchie, ‘The Passing of a Dictator’, Harper’s Magazine 124 (1911-1912), pp. 782-789.
52. John Reed, Insurgent Mexico (New York: D. Appleton, 1914), pp. 175-187, 191-204.
Part 8: Sugar, Coffee, and Bananas: Railroads in Cuba, Central America, and British Jamaica
53. David Turnbull, Travels in the West: Cuba, with Notices of Porto Rico, and the Slave Trade (London: Longman, Orme, Green, and Longmans, 1840), pp. 194-197.
54. W. T. Brigham, ‘An Uncommercial Republic’, Scribner’s Magazine 1 (Jan.-June 1887), pp. 711-716.
55. Nevin O. Winter, Guatemala and Her People of To-day (Boston: L. C. Page and Company, 1909), pp. 24-29.
56. Henry R. Blaney, The Golden Caribbean: A Winter Visit to the Republics of Colombia, Spanish Honduras, Belize, and the Spanish Main via Boston and New Orleans (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1900), pp. 73-85.
57. Henry R. Blaney, The Golden Caribbean: A Winter Visit to the Republics of Colombia, Spanish Honduras, Belize, and the Spanish Main via Boston and New Orleans (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1900), pp. 87-93.
58. Edgar M. Bacon and Eugene Murray-Aaron, The New Jamaica (New York and Kingston: A. W. Gardener, 1890), pp. 73-82.
Part 9: Railroads as the Amazon in Tropical Brazil
59. Franz Keller, The Amazon and Madeira Rivers. Sketches and Description from the Notebook of an Explorer (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1875), pp. 140, 157-158.
60. Neville B. Craig, Recollections of an Ill-Fated Expedition to the Headwaters of the Madeira River (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907), pp. 367-369, 380-383.
61. Frank Vincent, Around and About South America: Twenty Months of Quest and Query (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1890), pp. 249-250, 260-261, 265-266, 303.
62. Nevin O. Winter, Brazil and Her People of To-day (Boston: L. C. Page and Company, 1910), pp. 91-95, 127-133, 254-256.
Part 10: Conquering América del Sur: aRailroad Cultures in the River Plate, Chile, and Caribbean South America
63. Central Argentine Railway Company, Letters Concerning the Country of the Argentine Republic (South America), Being Suitable for Emigrants and Capitalists to Settle In (London: Waterlow and Sons, 1869), pp. 1-16, 32-33.
64. John Foster Fraser, The Amazing Argentina. A New Land of Enterprise (London: Cassell, 1910), pp. 134-138.
65. Carlos María de Pena, The Oriental Republic of Uruguay at the World’s Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 (Montevideo: n.p,, 1893), pp. 24, 36-38.
66. W. H. Koebel, Paraguay (London: T. F. Unwin, 1917), pp. 231-239.
67. Mrs. George B. Merwin, Three Years in Chili (New York: Follett, Foster, 1863), pp. 1-9, 121-123.
68. Francis E. Clark, The Continent of Opportunity Second ed. (New York: Young People’s Missionary Movement of the United States and Canada, 1907), pp. 181-189.
69. Johnson Sherrick, Around the World and South America (Canton, Ohio: The Repository Press, 1912), pp. 235-243.
70. Adolfo de Clairmont, Guide to Modern Peru: Its Great Advantages and Vast Opportunities (Toledo, Ohio: Barkdull, 1907), pp. 50-60.
71. Marie Robinson Wright, The Old and the New Peru (Philadelphia: G. Barrie & Sons, 1908), pp. 367-374, 377-386.
72. Edward Whymper, Travels amongst the Great Andes of the Equator (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1892), pp. 385-391.
73. Marie Robinson Wright, Bolivia: The Central Highway of South America (Philadelphia: G. Barrie & Sons, 1907), pp. 203-218.
74. Santiago Pérez Triana, Down the Orinoco in a Canoe (New York: Crowell, 1902), pp. 240-248.
75. Henry R. Blaney, The Golden Caribbean: A Winter Visit to the Republics of Colombia, Spanish Honduras, Belize, and the Spanish Main via Boston and New Orleans (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1900), pp. 4-12.
76. Hamilton Mercer Wright, A Traveler in Northern Colombia (Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1918), pp. 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
77. Fassenden N. Otis, Illustrated History of the Panama Railroad (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1862), pp. 46, 49, 72, 75-82, 85-86, 89-92, 95-98, 103-104, 110, 115-116, 121, 127.