Thursday, May 06, 2010

book notes

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad ... By Stephen Fried

Part of the reason people liked to slaughter buffaloes en masse was to deny Indians their food supply

Pullman exclusively hired dark-skinned black men to provide service on his train cars. The idea seemed to be that these men would blend into the furniture in this enclosed environment. For blacks, these high-paying jobs provided the first entree into middle class.