In the mid-to-late-19th-century United States, more than 240,000 miles of railroad track was laid, connecting vast regions of the country, transporting raw materials, goods, and people, and making possible an unparalleled level of commerce. The railroad system, unprecedented in its size and complexity, became one of the models on which modern capitalism would be based. The exhibit draws from Baker Library Historical Collections' extensive railroad materials to explore the continuing research in the history and role of railroads in creating not only the foundations of modern business, but also a system of modern capitalism that survives to this day.

Please Note: This is a web guide created to introduce researchers to collections at Baker Library. It is not an online course that is open for registration. Researchers are welcome to review this guide on their own schedule. Click on the “Access content” box to the left to open the guide.

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