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Research Project

Wires and Rails

2017 – 2018

Project Summary

A digital map of railroad stations and telegraph offices in the United States built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries revealed how the rapid spread of these technologies remade American life, economy, and policies.

Research Team

Aaron Honsowetz

Aaron Honsowetz

Associate Professor of Economics

Bethany College

Aaron Honsowetz is an Associate Professor of Economics at Bethany College specializing in 19th- and early 20th-century North American telegraph networks.

Richard Hornbeck

Richard Hornbeck

V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Chicago

Richard Hornbeck is an economic historian and applied-micro economist whose research focuses on the historical development of the American economy. He views history as informing why some places and some people have become wealthier while others have remained poorer, which can provide perspective...

Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

University of British Columbia

Michael Weaver (PhD Yale) examines the politics of violence, in particular, contests over the legitimacy of state and non-state violence, how changes in these public norms constrain and enable violence, as well as the causes and consequences of ethnic violence.

His current project, a...

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