Rare Tennessee Railway Promotional with Color Map
[Killebrew, Joseph Buckner]; Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, LIVE STOCK AND GRAZING LANDS, POULTRY RAISING. ALONG THE LINE OF THE NASHVILLE, CHATTANOOGA & ST. LOUIS R'Y. Nashville: Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway, [printed by Marshall & Bruce Co., circa 1897-1903]. Printer from the front wrap. At the head of the front wrap and title page: "Pamphlet No. 1. Second edition." 63,  pages (the final page an index), plus folding color map measuring 26.5 x 41.5 cm and titled: "Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Ry. Lookout Mountain Route. Dixie Flyer." Illustrated with photographs in the text. Original printed gray wrappers. 18 x 11 cm. Very good. Some faint creasing to wraps and upper corners of leaves throughout, minuscule closed tear to the title page, a few tiny bumps to edges, still a nice copy. The map is in excellent condition.
SECOND EDITION, so stated. A rare Tennessee promotional boasting of the bounty of crops and livestock that could be raised on lands in the vicinity of the railroad. A wide variety of crops are listed, with estimates of yields and prices given for many of them. The author also praises the abundance of labor in the region. He touts the usefulness of African Americans as farm laborers, furnace workers, and lumbermen, under "intelligent supervision," while decrying them as inferior in supervisory roles. He also discusses the use of child labor, by "Southern girls" in the textile mills, who are treated well, by his reckoning, as "many of the mills establish and support schools for the younger children, and also furnish elegantly and conveniently constructed cottages for the operatives, for which they pay only nominal rent." --p. . The map depicts most of Tennessee and portions of the surrounding states, with railroad lines printed in red.
Joseph Buckner Killebrew (1831-1906) was a prominent planter, journalist, author, Tennessee state official, and mining investor. He was associated with the New South, agricultural reforms, and the development of the region's mineral resources. In his capacity as an immigration agent, he reputedly settled some 2,000 families over three years. (See "National Cyclopaedia of American Biography" (1898), vol. VIII, pp. 308-309.)
OCLC finds only one copy of this title, at the New York Historical Society, with no mention of the edition although the pagination is the same as the pamphlet offered. NUC finds no copies of any edition. Killebrew is identified as the author by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which has a copy of the pamphlet in their collection of Killebrew's papers. It is included among a series of similar pamphlets he wrote while serving as the immigration agent for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway, during the period 1897-1903. Like the present pamphlet, all of those other promotional works are rare.
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