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Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey

4 Ratings: 4.3
A 2010 illustrated non-fiction book by Theodore Kornweibel Jr.

This captivating book takes readers on an illustrated tour of the black railroad experience from slavery to Amtrak. With almost 200 images -- many never before published -- Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., examines the significant contributions of African … see full wiki

Author: Theodore Kornweibel Jr.
Genre: Business & Investing
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
3 reviews about Railroads in the African American Experience:...
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
My grandfather absolutely loves trains. i got him this book for fathers day and he hasn't put it down. And I can't get him to shut up! He has so many stories about the rail systems that run through and around the sleepy little town they live in. He can tell me all about the trains and when they were designed. This is a great book for collectors, train lovers and enthusiasts.
review by . December 05, 2009
An extremely important addition to the literature on the African-American experience in America.
Theodore Kornweibel Jr. has had a fascination with railroads all of this life.  While studying for his PhD in African-American Studies at Yale in the late 1960's Korneweibel worked as a volunteer gandy dancer (track maintainance worker) on a small tourist railroad in eastern Connecticut.  This experience sparked his lifelong interest in railroading.  Kornweibel went on to become a distinguished professor of African-American Studies at San Diego State University and is the author …
review by . November 04, 2009
This hefty book - over 500 oversize pages - is a fascinating compendium of information about the railroad business and how it affected the lives of African Americans. By extension, it is a wonderful window on American history, as the building of railroad lines that criss-crossed the US opened up the possibility of easy travel for all Americans.    What I didn't realize before reading this book is that many miles of railroad tracks were actually built by slaves. In the South, …
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