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POLS 4555: RAILROADS AND AMERICAN POLITICS

Spring Semester AY2019-2020
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: Baldwin 102
Time: 2:30 - 3:20PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Requirements

Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exams will be Multiple Choice. The midterms will be worth each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, xx February 2020, 50 minutes, in class.
The second Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, xx March 2020, 50 minutes, in class.
The final is scheduled for

The Multiple Choice exams will be about 25 questions each for the Midterms and 40-50 questions for the final. They will be straightforward with no "tricks".

Example MC Questions Final


Course Outline


  1. Introduction: Why are Railroads Important?

    Assignment:


  2. American Politics, Economics, and Business prior to the Railroads: 1800 - 1830

    Assignment:

  3. Railroads as Big Business

    Assignment:


  4. Andrew Carnegie, the Standard Railway of the World, and the Industrialization of the U.S.

    Assignment:


  5. The Nature of Railroad Competition

    Assignment:



  6. Railroads and the Development of Agriculture

    Assignment:


  7. Railroads and Government Regulation: 1887-1920

    Assignment:



  8. Railroads Triumphant: 1980 - 2016

    Assignment:

    • Chapters 9 and 10, American Railroads
    • Chapters 18 to 20, An Empire of Wealth

      Agenda For Topic 8

  9. Railroads and the Future of the American Transportation System

    Assignment:



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