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Chapters of Erie

by Charles Francis Adams Jr and Henry Adams Fall Creek Books
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Pbk 208 pages
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This fascinating account of the Erie Railroad wars offers important insight into the character of post-Civil War America. The Adams brothers saw barely concealed buccaneers and cardsharps in the men behind the Erie Railroad scandal of the late 1860s-a scandal that “convulsed the money market, occupied the courts, agitated legislatures, and perplexed the country.” The chicanery and the scoundrels involved were well known to the railroad commissioner Charles Francis Adams and his famous brother Henry, for they had more than once witnessed and reported the financial machinations that rocked the nation's economy in the years immediately following the Civil War. Chapters of Erie and Other Essays was first published in 1886 and reissued by Cornell University Press with a Foreword by Robert H. Elias in 1956.
Henry Adams (1838–1918) was a journalist, novelist, and historian. His many books include The History of the United States of America (1801 to 1817) and The Education of Henry Adams, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 1919.

Charles Francis Adams Jr. (1835–1915) was a Massachusetts railroad commissioner and president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1884 to 1890.