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Trolley Wars
Streetcar Workers on the Line
Scott Molloy



Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies

University of New Hampshire Press
2007 • 264 pp. 26 illus. 5 7/8 x 9"
American History / Labor Studies

$22.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-630-2



A groundbreaking study of public transportation in the Gilded Age and its place in the emerging American city

American cities’ rapid expansion after the Civil War fueled the growth of organized transportation systems— omnibuses, horsecar, and, later, electric streetcars. Trolley Wars traces the social dynamics of these first mass-transportation systems as they developed in Rhode Island, the most urbanized state in Gilded Age America. Covering years of rapid growth, Scott Molloy focuses on the laborers who operated the transit system, the changing ownership of the streetcar lines, and the strong bond that grew between trolley crews and passengers—a bond that sustained a powerful political alliance during the bitter “car wars” of 1902.

In lucid prose based on scrupulous research, Molloy dissects the car wars and expertly knits them into the larger pattern of labor unrest and urban malaise gripping turn-of-the-century America. Originally published in 1996, the classic Trolley Wars is now made available for the first time in paperback to readers, students, and scholars of labor history, with a new Author’s Note.

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SCOTT MOLLOY is Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations at the Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island. He has published widely and won many teaching awards, including RI Professor of the Year, 2004-2005.






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