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The race underground: Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway

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In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers--Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City--pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York was played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, job losses, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world. The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, like the countless "sandhogs" who dug and blasted into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the process of building the subway's tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at fears people had about travelling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, the powerful interests within, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.
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9780312591328
9780553398069
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subject_facet Boston (Mass.) -- History -- 19th century, Competition -- United States -- Case studies, New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century, Subways -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History, Subways -- New York (State) -- New York -- History, Subways -- United States -- Design and construction -- Case studies, Subways -- United States -- History, Urban transportation -- United States -- Case studies, Whitney, Henry Melville, -- 1839-1923, Whitney, William C. -- (William Collins), -- 1841-1904
title_display The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway
title_full The Race Underground Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway, The race underground : Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway / Doug Most
title_short The race underground :
title_sub Boston, New York, and the incredible rivalry that built America's first subway
topic_facet Competition, Design and construction, History, Nonfiction, Subways, Transportation, Urban transportation, Whitney, Henry Melville, Whitney, William C