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POLS 4555: RAILROADS AND AMERICAN POLITICS

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:


Requirements

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?

    Assignment:

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

    Assignment:

  3. Railroads as Big Business

    Assignment:

    Study Questions for First Exam (18 September 2015)


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

    Assignment:


  5. The Nature of Railroad Competition

    Assignment:


    Study Questions for Second Exam

  6. Railroads and the Development of Agriculture

    Assignment:


  7. Railroads and Government Regulation: 1887-1920

    Assignment:


    Study Questions for Final Exam


  8. Railroads Triumphant: 1980 - 2012


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  10. Railroads and the Future of the American Transportation System


  11. Assignment:



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