By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey ladies: chance Bound
The mythical lifestyles and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and heritage for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties all through international conflict II—and nonetheless impression our lives this day in excellent and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not likely American hero, the founder of the nation’s carrier undefined, whose extraordinary family members enterprise civilized the West and brought the US to Americans.
Appetite for America is the remarkable real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the good days of the railroad, of a time while a deal may well nonetheless be made with a handshake and the USA used to be nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his method up from dishwasher to family identify: He was once Ray Kroc ahead of McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott prior to Marriott resorts, Howard Schultz earlier than Starbucks. His consuming homes and lodges alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including old inns nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized via princes, presidents, and numerous traditional tourists trying to find the simplest cup of espresso within the nation. Harvey’s employees of conscientiously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first girl staff and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and fervour of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary equipped his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a family members empire whose advertising and marketing and suggestions we nonetheless come upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly unique, Appetite for America is ancient biography that's as richly profitable as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.
*With picture inserts that includes over seventy five photos, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.
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Lane’s Senate colleagues, the so-called Radical Republicans, turned on Johnson (and later impeached him). They also turned on Lane, who had a history of mental illness. He suffered a complete breakdown in the summer of 1866 and shot himself. He died ten days later, but before his successor was named—in fact, before he was even buried—the funding bill for James Joy’s bridge at Kansas City was hurriedly proposed on the Senate floor and passed. It would be years before his “Hannibal Bridge” was built—everything in railroad construction took an enormously long time—but the map of Kansas, and of the American Midwest, had now been redrawn.
Lane. Indeed, Lane had a vested interest in seeing the railroad bridge built there because he was also president of the proposed Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad. But just before the bridge bill was to be debated in Washington, Lane took a controversial stand during the argument over “reconstruction” of the South; he crossed party lines and became the only Republican to support the plan of Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, a plan that was considered too conciliatory to the South and weak on civil rights.
Yet while he identified with certain British ideals of honor and decorum, Fred was becoming the very model of a modern American striver, known for his ambition and determination. The Harveys enjoyed having people over to their home in the evenings to play cards, listen to music, or read aloud—Shakespeare was a favorite—into the wee hours. But everyone knew that at precisely eleven o’clock, Fred would stand up, snap his waistcoat taut, and announce he was going to bed. His guests were encouraged to stay and play as long as they liked—and often did.