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"The time is right to bring the South into the story of the economic transformation of antebellum America. Aaron Marrs does this with force and grace in Railroads in the Old South."

"I am hard pressed to think of another volume that better catches the overall effect railroads had on the Old South."

"Interesting regional history... It is a thoughtful and instructive study that examines not only the pervasiveness of transportation but also some of the social, political, and economic consequences associated with the evolution of southern railroads."

"This well-researched and readable volume is the best single study of railroads in the South before the Civil War. It should be of interest to historians as well as the general public."

"Marrs has given Civil War scholars some critical issues to consider when they evaluate the conflict's impact on railroads and the railroad's impact on the conflict."

"Marrs’s conclusions concerning slave labor deserve a wide reading and general approbation."

"A useful, important, and timely book for southern and business history... Marrs has produced the most detailed account of the South's experience with railroads and has uncovered more aspects of this transformation than any previous scholar."

"Railroads in the Old South is a solid contribution to our understanding of the birth of American railroading. There is much that is fresh and fascinating in each chapter... This book should be of interest to every serious student of railroad history, and even casual readers will find the text accessible and informative."

"Artfully written and rewarding... This book is a winning accomplishment that deserves a wide audience."

"Readers will find Railroads in the Old South an informative and lively social history."

"An important study of antebellum railroads in the American South."

"Marrs's broad perspective and eye for detail have produced an outstanding overview of not just the Southern but the American experience with railroads during the antebellum era. Anyone interested in the history of railroads, technology, or the South will find this volume worthwhile."

"Thoroughly researched and well written."

"Informative and well-organized."

"Informative and convincing."

"Accessible and appealing to a broad audience interested in southern history and railroad history... One would be hard-pressed to come up with a more intelligent and satisfying treatment of the subject than Railroads in the Old South."

"Independently of whether the reader is a business historian, a cultural historian, an economic historian, or a historian of technology, it is certainly worth reading the book."