Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Hiltzik explores the clash for supremacy among America’s railroad titans that propelled America into the 20th century. When the final spike was driven into the ties of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, few were prepared for its aftershocks. America’s railways soon boomed into a colossal industry. The vicious competition between empire builders such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, J.P. Morgan and E.H. Harriman sparked stock market frenzies, panics and crashes; provoked strikes that upended the relationship between management and labor; transformed the nation’s geography; and culminated in a ferocious two-man battle that shook the nation’s financial markets to their foundations, producing lasting changes in American business and government. This lecture will be presented via Zoom video conference on Thursday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m. To register, email your full name to ProgramRSVP@newportmansions.org and write "Iron Empire" in the subject line.