James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover

James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover

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James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin Soft Cover
 
James J Hill and the Opening of the Northwest by Albro Martin
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Copyright 1976, 1991
676 pages Indexed

Contents
Introduction to
The Reprint Edition xiii
PART ONE - SEEDTIME, 1838-1879.1
1. The Making of a Pioneer 7
z. "I Took a Notion To Go and See Saint Paul" z6
3. Northward the Course of Empire 58
4. Energy Revolution in the Northwest 88
5. 1877: Year of Decision 114
6. 1878: Year of Miracles 146
7. 1879: Year of Triumph 174
PART TWO - GROWTH, 1879-1895.199
8. New Railroad Star in the Northwest 2.07
9. Canadian Interlude 2.37
1o. The Best of Times, the Worst of Times 272
New Friends, New Horizons 301
12. On to Montana 332
13. Purple Mountains, Shining Sea 366
PART THREE - HARVEST, 1895-1916.399
14. The Worst of Times 403
15. Star Ascendant 43o
16. Empire Builder 46o
17. "Great Cases . . . Make Bad Law" 494
i8. A Public Man 52.4
19. "The Way for Me To Quit Is To Quit" 56i
20."The Lilacs Are Slow this Year" 582.
Notes 617
A Note on the Sources 659
Index 665

The Ontario-born James Jerome Hill rose to preeminence as an American railroad leader of the first order, exercising control of the transportation system of the entire Northwest and playing a fundamentally important role in national economic and political affairs. The folk belief in the Horatio Alger rags-to-riches myth of opportunity in America may have had little basis in most Americans' experience. The experience of James J. Hill, or the Empire Builder as he came to be called, was an important exception, however, and one that easily supported rather than denied the popular myth. Despite his stature, Hill has received comparatively little serious attention by scholars. He is commonly mentioned as president of the Great Northern Railway (GN). In connection with his part in the mammoth Northern Securities Company he along with Edward H. Harriman became the objects of President Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive wrath. Mention of Hill and his significant role in a wide variety of national and regional developments commonly is limited to these cursory treatments or ignored altogether.
Joseph Gilpin Pyle's two-volume biography, completed shortly after Hill's death in 1916, has been the standard work and the source of any treatment of Hill. That study was written in a stiff, formal style with little attempt at detached analysis. The uncritical, sympathetic viewpoint undoubtedly was a consequence of the work being commissioned by Hill, who was Pyle's employer. Pyle had been the editor of the St. Paul Globe, which Hill controlled, and had drafted most of the railroad leader's speeches after the turn of the century

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