The story of the streamliner trains came to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE via a Wilson Quarterly article by Mark Reutter, a well-known scholar in railroad and industrial studies. He is the editor of Railroad History, the nation's leading rail history journal. He has twice won the prestigious Railroad History Award for his articles, including "The Lost Promise of the American Railroad" on the Zephyr and "The Life of Edward Budd" on the builder of the stainless-steel trains.
Read Mark Reutter's 1994 article, "The Lost Promise of the American Railroad," on the Wilson Quarterly's website. (payment required)
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.