Local officials in Alaska and British Columbia promoted Route A, a scenic highway that would skirt the Pacific Coast and pass through existing cities. Military planners chose instead to build inland, both to avoid possible coastal attacks and to connect existing airstrips.
Today, roughly 360,000 tourists drive the Alaska Highway annually. However, since the road's construction, many have debated whether the highway fulfilled its promise. Despite becoming a tourist attraction, the area around the highway in Alaska remains relatively unpopulated. In part as a result of the placement of the highway, economic and population development has not been as significant as area residents had hoped.
Shortly after the site launched in 2005, we asked our users to answer this controversial question. Below are the results from this poll.
Total number of participants: 464
Of our participants polled, 362 watched at least half of the film; of those, 167 said the film influenced their vote.
An American Communist family that had fled to Moscow in the late 1920s, return to America in 1935 but can not bring their 5-year-old son.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
In the summer of 1940, 10,000 children were sent from wartime Britain to the United States.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.