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.
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The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.