How the Public Domain has Been Squandered (1884)

How the public domain has been squandered, map showing the 139,403,026 acres of the people's land - equal to 871,268 farms of 160 acres each, worth at $2 an acre, $278,806,052, given by Republican Congresses to railroad corporations

How the Public Domain has Been Squandered - Railroad map (1884)
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Date: 1884
Author: Rand McNally
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Source: Library of Congress
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This map isn't part of any series, but we have other maps of railroads that you might want to check out.

I do believe that these guys had some kind of axe to grind, yeah? Stodgy old Rand McNally of all people printed this map... but I got no idea if they had any dog in this fight, or if they just had a print job to do.

Some historian please tell me about where they were coming from, and maybe a quick gloss of the pros and cons of both sides. I'd be appreciative.



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