Blueprint America

The Crises

Episode 32 | 3m 24s

Eric Rauchway, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, makes the case that it was the Civil War set the stage for the Transcontinental Railroad; that it was the Great Depression that made possible the public works projects of the New Deal. But, will the current American crisis -- the Great Recession -- advance infrastructure again?

Aired: 01/14/10

Expired: 12/31/69

Rating: NR

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