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Table Of Contents

Prologue: Taking Hold of the Throttle

Part One: To the West: 1790-1861
Chapter 1: The Whole Population is in Motion: 1790-1828
Chapter 2: A Flourishing Condition: 1828-1840
Chapter 3: An Era of Fine Pickings: 1840-1855
Chapter 4: The Race to the Ohio: 1852-1858
Chapter 5: The Personification of Firmness: 1858-1860
Chapter 6: Railroad Competition and Coordination—and Political Division: 1858-1861

Part Two "Mr. Lincoln's Road": 1861-1865
Chapter 7: In the Thick of the Struggle: 1861
Chapter 8: A Southern Line No More: 1862-1863
Chapter 9: The Right Arm of the Federal Government: 1863-1865

Part Three: Empire Building and Collapse: 1866-1915
Chapter 10: A New World Order: 1866-1871
Chapter 11: Go West, Railroad President—and South: 1868-1873
Chapter 12: The Czar of Maryland: 1866-1873
Chapter 13: The Storm Is Upon You: 1873-1877
Chapter 14: His Willpower Remained Unimpaired: 1878-1883
Chapter 15: Final Battles: 1880-1884
Chapter 16: After Garrett: 1884-1915

Epilogue
Essay on Sources
Acknowledgements