Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov

Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov

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Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams Cornell Press SoftCov
 
Chapters of Erie by Charles Francis Adams Jr & Henry Adams
Soft Cover   Highlighting, writing in book, underlining.  
193 pages
Copyright 1968
CONTENTS
Prefatory Note  v
A Chapter of Erie C. F. Adams, Jr.1
The New York Gold Conspiracy Henry Adams 101
An Erie Raid    C. F. Adams, Jr. 137
ON THE BACK COVER
The Adams brothers saw barely concealed buccaneers and cardsharps in the men behind the Erie Railroad scandal of the late 1860's-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 railroad commissioner Charles Francis Adams and his famous brather Henry, for they had more than once witnessed and r:7ported the financial machinations that rocked the nation's economy in the years immediately following the Civil War. This well-documented, fascinating, and in some aspects ironic account of the Erie Railroad wars offers important insight into the character of post-Civil War America.
PREFATORY NOTE
ULYSSES S. GRANT had been president but a few months when the effects of his character showed themselves to
be, in the words of Henry Adams, "startling-astoundingterrifying." In Jay Gould's attempt to corner gold on September 24, 1869-that famous "Black Friday"-was evidence that linked malpractice in Wall Street with corruption in Washington. But neither the author of The Education nor his older brother Charles Francis, Jr., could have been much startled or astounded by the simple fact of scandal. Both had more than once witnessed and written about chicanery in government and in business. Henry had recently published articles examining the relation of government to private finance and had just completed a piece on civil service reform; Charles during the past year had written several articles on the American railroad system, two of which' were "The Erie Railroad Row Considered as an Episode in Court" (American Law Review, October i868) and "A Chapter of Erie" (North American Review, July 1869), both devoted specifically to the legal and moral complexities of the Erie Railway wars and the inseparable financial machinations of Jay Gould himself. What was not only startling and astounding but terrifying as well was less the fact than the extent of the operation, and less the extent than the implications.
It was because of the implications that the Adamses regarded the dramatic scandal as "Heaven-sent"; they "jumped at it," The Education recalls, "like a salmon at a fly." Despite the risk of libel suits and perhaps even physical injury-the Erie people were "not regarded as lambs"-here was an investigation to be made; here was public service to be rendered. Forsaking a quiet vacation in Quincy, Massachusetts, they set forth to interview New York financiers, to observe Congress, to spell out, in short, the terror. Henry undertook to study the gold conspiracy; Charles chose to round out his history of the railway. The result was the publication of Henry's "The New York Gold Conspiracy" in the Westminister Review, October 1870, and Charles's "An Erie Raid" in the North American Review, April 1871. Read in sequence with the earlier "A Chapter of Erie," which embodied the still earlier "The Erie Railroad Row," their articles told-and continue to tell-an important tale...
The text of the present volume is taken from the edition of Chapters of Erie and Other Essays, by Charles F. Adams, Jr., and Henry Adams, published by Henry Holt, New York, in t886. Differing slightly from the original periodical form of the articles, the book contains the material as the authors apparently wished to preserve it. The principal editorial departure from the Holt edition has been to substitute numbered footnotes for footnotes announced by asterisks and daggers.

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