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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Of our participants polled, 362 watched at least half of the film; of those, 167 said the film influenced their vote.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
In the summer of 1940, 10,000 children were sent from wartime Britain to the United States.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.