Asphalt and Politics: A History of the American Highway System

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Overview

From animal paths to superhighways, transportation has been the backbone of American expansion and growth. This examination of the interstate highway system in the United States, and the forces that shaped it, includes the introduction of the automobile, the Good Roads Movement, and the Lincoln Highway Association. The book offers an analysis of state and federal road funding, modern road-building options, and the successes and failures of the current highway system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442829
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Thomas L. Karnes taught at Tulane and Arizona State universities. He was the author of several books about United States and world history and lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Good Roads 5

2 Where There Is No Road 16

3 The Lincoln Highway Association 29

4 The Military Complex 42

5 The Consequences 70

6 The Congress 82

7 Pie in the Sky 100

8 Tales from a Few Cities 114

9 The Brass 121

10 Dollars 132

11 Innovative Highway Financing 142

12 Congestion Pricing 153

13 The Private Sector 163

14 L'Envoi 174

Epilogue 190

Glossary 193

Notes 195

Bibliography 205

Index 213

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