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R. Scott Huffard, Jr.

Engines of Redemption

Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South

University of North Carolina Press 2019

New Books in American StudiesNew Books in EconomicsNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in the American South February 5, 2020 Derek Litvak

R. Scott Huffard Jr. is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, published by the...

R. Scott Huffard Jr. is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Engines of Redemption is a fascinating history of capitalism in the South, which tells the story of how railroads revitalized the region following the Civil War. Huffard examines the myriad of was that railroads were used to secure political and economic growth and power in the South throughout the Reconstruction era. Railroads, however, were not always seen as a blessing, and Huffard pays close attention to how the rapid southern growth of the locomotive was accompanied by rising anxieties, from race to disease.

R. Scott Huffard Jr. is Assistant Professor of History at Lees-McRae College.


Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.