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)
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.
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During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.