Straphanging in the USA: Trolleys and Subways in American Life

Straphanging in the USA: Trolleys and Subways in American Life


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780195132298
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Series: Transportation in America Series
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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