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Railroads and American Law

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No enterprise is so seductive as a railroad for the influence it exerts, the power it gives, and the hope of gain it offers. "Poor's Manual of Railroads" (1900 At its peak, the railroad was the Internet of its day in its transformative impact on American life and law. A harbinger and promoter of economic empire, it was also the icon of a technological revolution that accelerated national expansion and in the process transformed our legal system. James W. Ely Jr., in the first comprehensive legal history of the rail ...

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