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Chartered in 1827 as the country’s first railroad, the legendary Baltimore and Ohio became a model for American railroading, and John W. Garrett, who served as president of the B&O from 1858 to 1884, ranked among the great power brokers of his time. In this gripping and well-researched account, historian Kathleen Waters Sander tells the story of the B&O’s beginnings and its unprecedented plan to build a rail line from Baltimore over the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River. This was the most ambitious engineering feat of its time, and the B&O’s success ignited "railroad fever," catapulting railroading to America’s most influential industry in the nineteenth century.
Kathleen Waters Sander teaches history at the University of Maryland University College. She is the author of The Business of Charity: The Woman’s Exchange Movement, 1832–1900 and Mary Elizabeth Garrett: Society and Philanthropy in the Gilded Age.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm