Straphanging in the USA

Straphanging in the USA

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A riveting look at the evolution of transportation in American cities, Straphanging in America begins with an examination of the horsecar and omnibus, then traces the extraordinary impact of the cable car, elevated railway, interurban, and subway on city life -- and the nation. Capturing people's imaginations with its "magical" use of electricity, trolley cars made pollution-free, inexpensive, mass urban transportation possible and created suburbs. Interurbans connected cities, spawned new towns, and made overland travel a national pastime. Subways solved the problem of street congestion. Beyond the effects on landscape, urban transport unified cities as people of all economic backgrounds rubbed elbows. Vividly illustrating America's urban transformation, Straphanging in America captures the excitement of a nation and its burgeoning technology.show more

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  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 209.3 x 253 x 10.4mm | 426.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0195132297
  • 9780195132298

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"The fascinating narrative is embellished with reproductions of historical photos and illustrations and period quotes from newspapers, magazines, and books. This offering will capture the interest of casual readers and provide researchers with plenty of information about this slice of American life." --School Library Journal"Informative and easy to read....This is a book that is useful for reports or just for curiousity." -- Catholic Library World"The various modes of transportation are an interesting lens through which students can view culture, economics, politicals, and life choices." --History Matters "The fascinating narrative is embellished with reproductions of historical photos and illustrations and period quotes from newspapers, magazines, and books. This offering will capture the interest of casual readers and provide researchers with plenty of information about this slice of American life." --School Library Journal "Informative and easy to read....This is a book that is useful for reports or just for curiousity." -- Catholic Library World "The various modes of transportation are an interesting lens through which students can view culture, economics, politicals, and life choices." --History Matters "The fascinating narrative is embellished with reproductions of historical photos and illustrations and period quotes from newspapers, magazines, and books. This offering will capture the interest of casual readers and provide researchers with plenty of information about this slice of American life." --School Library Journal "Informative and easy to read....This is a book that is useful for reports or just for curiousity." -- Catholic Library World "The various modes of transportation are an interesting lens through which students can view culture, economics, politicals, and life choices." --History Matters "The fascinating narrative is embellished with reproductions of historical photos and illustrations and period quotes from newspapers, magazines, and books. This offering will capture the interest of casual readers and provide researchers with plenty of information about this slice of Americanlife." --School Library Journal"Informative and easy to read....This is a book that is useful for reports or just for curiousity." -- Catholic Library World"The various modes of transportation are an interesting lens through which students can view culture, economics, politicals, and life choices." --History Mattersshow more

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