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Fall Semester AY2015-2016
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615

Classroom: Baldwin 311
Time: 3:35 - 4:25PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

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

Office Hours: 3:00 - 5:00PM Thursdays or By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exams will consist of short answer essay questions. The midterms will be worth ¼ each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, 18 September 2015, one hour, in class.
The second Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, 23 October 2015, one hour, in class.
The final is scheduled for Friday, 11 December 2015 from 3:30 to 5:30PM

Course Outline

  1. Introduction: Why are Railroads Important?


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


  3. Railroads as Big Business


    Study Questions for First Exam (18 September 2015)

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


  5. The Nature of Railroad Competition


    Study Questions for Second Exam

  6. Railroads and the Development of Agriculture


  7. Railroads and Government Regulation: 1887-1920


    Study Questions for Final Exam

  8. Railroads Triumphant: 1980 - 2012

  9. Assignment:

  10. Railroads and the Future of the American Transportation System

  11. Assignment:

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