Unfinished Business of Railroad History
Looking back on two decades of railroad history, Maury Klein
finds there still is a lot of unfinished business.
In 1994, he wrote Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American
Life, giving a range of examples. Talking about his book in 2015,
he said that a lot of aspects of railroading and the role it played in
American life have yet to be really explored. He reiterated many
of the themes from the closing chapter of his 1994 book. Much of
what he cited as unfinished in 1994 remains unfinished in 2015. See the Fall issue of the Quarterly Newsletter for the full interview.
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