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)
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.