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By Amy G. Richter

Spotting the railroad's significance as either image and adventure in Victorian the US, Amy G. Richter follows ladies tourists onto trains and considers the implications in their presence there.

For a time, Richter argues, nineteenth-century american citizens imagined the general public realm as a chaotic and unsafe position jam-packed with capability, the place quite a few teams got here jointly, collided, and stimulated each other, for higher or worse. the instance of the yankee railroad unearths how, through the start of the 20th century, this picture used to be changed through one in every of a domesticated public realm--a public area within which either men and women more and more strove to make themselves "at home."

Through efforts that ranged from the homey touches of railroad automobile decor to advertisements photos celebrating lady tourists and criminal instances sanctioning gender-segregated areas, tourists and railroad businesses remodeled the railroad from a spot of chance and virtually limitless social blending into one within which white women and men alleviated the tension of disagreeable social touch. Making themselves "at domestic" aboard the trains, white women and men domesticated the railroad for themselves and cleared the path for a racially segregated and class-stratified public area that freed ladies from the house but nonetheless preserved the railroad as a masculine domain.

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