Asphalt and Politics
A History of the American Highway System
About the Book
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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About the Author(s)
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.
Thomas L. Karnes
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
ONE—Good Roads 5
TWO—Where There Is No Road 16
THREE—The Lincoln Highway Association 29
FOUR—The Military Complex 42
FIVE—The Consequences 70
SIX—The Congress 82
SEVEN—Pie in the Sky 100
EIGHT—Tales from a Few Cities 114
NINE—The Brass 121
ELEVEN—Innovative Highway Financing 142
TWELVE—Congestion Pricing 153
THIRTEEN—The Private Sector 163
Book Reviews & Awards
“This is a fun, early history of the American highway system…provides a new understanding of the growth of the highway system…excellent…comprehensive”—Choice; “clear…reader-friendly”—Izoom.com.