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American Railroads: The Case for Nationalization

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Format: Paper

135 Pages

Edition: 1st

Year: 1980

Publisher: Pathfinder Press

ISBN: 978-0-87348-600-2

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From Amazon.com: "The railroads, the first national industry, the industry on which giant battles were waged not just between the workers and the employers, but a major factor in farmers fight for land, and their continued fight for their fair share of the profits from their labor. This book talks about the railroad's real history in American capitalism, a history of class struggle, class war. This book also talks about how at a much earlier easier stage of the crisis of capitalism, the railroads themselves were torn apart by economic crisis, thousands of employees lost their jobs, and the economy of this country was thrown amuck. Read this now, because the crisis of the railroads at they were when this book was written in the 1970s is nothing compared to the growing crisis. Read this now because it is written not as nostalgic lying history, or armchair economics, but as a contribution to the need for all working people, not just railroad workers, to know what is coming, know how our predecessors have shown the way to fight, know how to win! Read this now because a crisis in the airline industry of exactly the same character with questions of nationalization is going on now. Here in Miami where the airlines are a major employer many of my friends and neighbors are afraid that their jobs will be lost. Read this book for them as well!" —Tony Thomas, reader review, February 23, 2003

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History books tell us that America's railroads were built by the Robber Barons. The truth is they were built by workers, many of them immigrants forced to labor under near-slave conditions. Ever since, it has been workers who maintain the tracks and rolling stock and keep the railroads running.  ...

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