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The Big Roads

The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways
Swift, Earl (Book - 2011)
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"A history of the planning, construction, and impact of the U.S. interstate highway system"-- Provided by publisher. "A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape the U.S. interstate system changed the face of our country. The Big Roads charts the creation of these essential American highways. From the turn-of-the-century car racing entrepreneur who spurred the citizen-led "Good Roads" movement, to the handful of driven engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they would work years before President Eisenhower knew the plans existed to the protests that erupted across the nation when highways reached the cities and found people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress, Swift follows a winding, fascinating route through twentieth-century American life. How did we get from dirt tracks to expressways, from main streets to off-ramps, from mud to concrete and steel, in less than a century? Through decades of politics, activism, and marvels of engineering, we recognize in our highways the wanderlust, grand scale, and conflicting notions of citizenship and progress that define America"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Swift, Earl, 1958-
Title: The big roads
the untold story of the engineers, visionaries, and trailblazers who created the American superhighways
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Characteristics: 375 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Earl Swift
Contents: Out of the mud
Connecting the dots
The crooked straight, the rough places plain
The human obstacle
Summary: "A history of the planning, construction, and impact of the U.S. interstate highway system"-- Provided by publisher.
"A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape the U.S. interstate system changed the face of our country. The Big Roads charts the creation of these essential American highways. From the turn-of-the-century car racing entrepreneur who spurred the citizen-led "Good Roads" movement, to the handful of driven engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they would work years before President Eisenhower knew the plans existed to the protests that erupted across the nation when highways reached the cities and found people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress, Swift follows a winding, fascinating route through twentieth-century American life. How did we get from dirt tracks to expressways, from main streets to off-ramps, from mud to concrete and steel, in less than a century? Through decades of politics, activism, and marvels of engineering, we recognize in our highways the wanderlust, grand scale, and conflicting notions of citizenship and progress that define America"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0618812415
9780618812417
Branch Call Number: 388.1220973 S9772b 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Interstate Highway System History 20th century Highway engineers United States Biography Highway engineering United States History 20th century
Topical Term: Interstate Highway System
Highway engineers
Highway engineering
LCCN: 2010043624
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