Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner, an associate professor of English at Chapman University, is the author, most recently, of Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World—From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief.


June 02, 2014

The village of Ludowici, in the deep piney lowlands of southeast Georgia, got its name from a German fellow who came there in 1904 to manufacture clay roof tiles. But it was not his accomplishments that made the town famous. Rather, it took thousands of inhospitable acts toward thousands of out-of-town visitors to put Ludowici on the map—to give it a national reputation as one of the most venomous of a particular breed of Southern hamlet. In short: Ludowici was a classic speed trap.