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POLS 4555: RAILROADS AND AMERICAN POLITICS

Spring Semester AY2016-2017
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615


Classroom: Baldwin 311
Time: 3:35 - 4:25PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Voteview Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment

The following texts will be used in this course:


Requirements

Grades will be determined by three examinations -- two mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exams will be Multiple Choice. The midterms will be worth each and the final 1/2 of the course grade.

The first Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, 17 February 2017, 50 minutes, in class.
The second Mid-Semester exam will be on Friday, 31 March 2017, 50 minutes, in class.
The final is scheduled for Friday, 28 April 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30PM

The Multiple Choice exams will be about 25 questions each for the Midterms and 40-50 questions for the final. They will be straightforward with no "tricks".

Example MC Questions Final


Course Outline


  1. Introduction: Why are Railroads Important?

    Assignment:


  2. American Politics, Economics, and Business prior to the Railroads: 1800 - 1830

    Assignment:

  3. Railroads as Big Business

    Assignment:


  4. Andrew Carnegie, the Standard Railway of the World, and the Industrialization of the U.S.

    Assignment:


  5. The Nature of Railroad Competition

    Assignment:



  6. Railroads and the Development of Agriculture

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  7. Railroads and Government Regulation: 1887-1920

    Assignment:



  8. Railroads Triumphant: 1980 - 2016

    Assignment:

    • Chapters 9 and 10, American Railroads
    • Chapters 18 to 20, An Empire of Wealth

      Agenda For Topic 8

  9. Railroads and the Future of the American Transportation System

    Assignment:



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