Lawyering for the Railroad: Business, Law, and Power in the New South by William G. Thomas (review)

Lawyering for the Railroad: Business, Law, and Power in the New South by William G. Thomas (Louisiana University Press, 1999)

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Lawyering for the Railroad: Business, Law, and Power in the New South by William G. Thomas (review)

by Frank G. Queen
Southern Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 4: Winter 2000

Louisiana State University Press, 1999

A new method of distributing goods and services is constructed in a startlingly short period of time. Isolated communities are suddenly connected to each other and the outside world by a universal, common carrier. The builder becomes rich, powerful, admired, and hated. Its monopoly brings government lawsuits, and politicians call for regulation or breakup.