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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:


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?


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


  3. Railroads as Big Business


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


  5. The Nature of Railroad Competition


  6. Railroads and the Development of Agriculture


  7. Railroads and Government Regulation: 1887-1920


  8. Railroads Triumphant: 1980 - 2016


    • 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


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