Courting the Iron Horse: How the United States Exacted Limited Controls Over the Railroads in the Second World War
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This thesis explores the extent of US Government control over the railroads during the Second World War. The purpose of this project is to discover how much government regulation there was regarding the railroads and how intrusive it was. This is achieved by looking over government documents between 1930 and 1950. These documents were reviewed and were assessed on how intrusive they were or were not and also the period in which they were wrote, during the war or before or after, was also taken into account. The findings of this thesis were that the US Government did increase its control over the railroads during the war but nowhere near as much as it had taken control of the railroads during World War I. The thesis also found that the government quickly handed the control it had taken back to the railroads after the war was over. This thesis is significant because the topic of government regulation and how much or how little is necessary is still very relevant today.