The North Carolina Railroad, 1849-1871, and the Modernization of North Carolina

By Allen W. Trelease

502 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-6629-0
    Published: June 2012
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4424-0
    Published: July 2018

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Awards & distinctions

1991 Railroad History Award, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society

In telling the story of the North Carolina Railroad's independent years (1849-71), Trelease covers all aspects of the company and its development, including its construction and rolling stock; its management, labor force, and labor policies; its passenger and freight operations; and its role in the Civil War. He also assesses the impact of the railroad on the economic and social development of North Carolina.

Originally published in 1991.

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"Students of North Carolina's and the American South's economic development will find in Trelease's discussion abundant information and good leads for future investigation. Trelease has given us both a solid corporate history and a wealth of evidence for which other scholars should be grateful."--Journal of Economic History

"Ranks as one of the most important recent works in railroad history. Allen Trelease expertly traces the development of this strategic southern pike from its opening in 1856 until its lease to the Richmond & Danville Railroad fifteen years later. He offers fascinating detail, in a pleasantly written fashion, that will appeal to every student of the iron horse. Trelease's achievement is immense and impressive."--H. Roger Grant, editor of Railroad History