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 [Railway]. Nashville: Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway, [printed by Marshall & Bruce Co., circa 1897-1903. Printer from front wrap.] Printed at head of front wrap and title page: "Pamphlet No. 1. Second edition." 63,  pages (the final page an index), plus folding color map measuring approx. 26.5 x 41.5 cm ("Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Ry. Lookout Mountain Route. Dixie Flyer.") Illustrated with photographs in the text. Original printed gray wrappers. [18 cm.] Very good. Some faint creasing to wraps and to upper corners of leaves throughout, minuscule closed tear to title, a few tiny bumps to edges, still a nice copy. The map is in excellent condition.
SECOND EDITION, so stated. Rare. 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. All of these promotional works are rare.
In the present publication, Killebrew boasts of the bounty of crops and livestock that can be raised on lands in the vicinity of the railroad. Estimates of yields and a few prices are given. The author also lauds 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 the course of three years. [See National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1898), vol. VIII, pp. 308-309).]
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