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Faculty Bio

Saunders Jr., Richard L.

Saunders Jr., Richard L.

Professor Emeritus and Alumni Master Teacher

Office: 116 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3153
Web Site:

Ph.D., University of Illinois (1971)

Professor Saunders in one of the Department’s Alumni Master Teachers; he has also won the Fluor–Daniel Excellence in Teaching Award. His courses, all university favorites, focus on 20th-century American history: The United States in the Depression and World War II, The United States, 1945-1975, and American Economic Development. An expert in railroad history, Professor Saunders’s recent books include Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900-1970 (2001), which won the George M. and Constance M. Hilton Book Award. He has taught at Clemson since 1969.

For Dr. Saunders’s course syllabi, curriculum vitae, and other useful resources, please visit his webpage at

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Main Lines: The Rebirth of the American Railroads, 1970-2002 (2003).

Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900-1970. Northern Illinois University Press, 2001.

The Birth of the American Railroad, 1970-2000 (2001).

The Railroad Mergers and the Coming of Conrail (1978).