A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, abringer o and sprawl and the possibility of escape—the U.S.interstate system changed the face of our country. The BigRoads charts the creation of these essential American highways.From the turn-of-the-century car racing entrepreneur who spurredthe citizen-led "Good Roads" movement, to the handful of drivenengineers who conceived of the interstates and how they wouldwork—years before Eisenhower knew the plans existed—to the proteststhat erupted across the nation when highways reached the cities andfound people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress,Swift follows a winding, fascinating route throughtwentieth-century American life. How did we get from dirttracks to expressways, from main streets to off-ramps, from mud toconcrete and steel in less than a century? Through decades ofpolitics, activism, and marvels of engineering, we recognize in ourhighways the wanderlust, grand scale, and conflicting notions ofcitizenship and progress that define America.
Introduction PART IOut of the Mud PART IIConnecting the Dots PART IIIThe Crooked Straight, theRough Places Plain PART IVThe Human Obstacle Acknowledgments Notes Index
his daughter Saylor. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.