Asphalt and Politics

Author: Thomas L. Karnes
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454679
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From animal paths to superhighways, transportation has been the backbone of American expansion and growth. This examination of the interstate highway system in the United States, and the forces that shaped it, includes the introduction of the automobile, the Good Roads Movement, and the Lincoln Highway Association. The book offers an analysis of state and federal road funding, modern road-building options, and the successes and failures of the current highway system. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Getting Out of the Mud

Author: Martin T. Olliff
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817319557
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When roads were bad -- Alabamians become wide-awake to good roads -- State highways take the lead -- Peering beyond the state's boundaries: named trails and interstate highways -- Laying the foundation for a modern highway system -- Alabama administers its highway program

The River of History

Author: Peter Farrugia
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 1552381609
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The articles in this collection are dedicated to the proposition that human beings make history, not just in the sense of being agents of change in the here and now, but in the sense that we interpret, appropriate and make use of the past for our own purposes in the future. Covering topics that range from teaching history, to the concept of property rights and the discipline of history in the television age, these essays will radically alter the notion of how we 'make history'. It will show that we are never fully able to bend history to our will, and that as we attempt to do so, we are often shocked at the turns it takes, despite our best efforts to shape it for future generations.

The Laws That Shaped America

Author: Dennis W. Johnson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135837570
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For better and sometimes for worse, Congress is a reflection of the aspirations, wants, and priorities of the American people. It reflects the kaleidoscope of special interests and unselfish service to others, of favors sought and sacrifices made. During each two-year session of Congress, thousands of pieces of legislation are proposed, many hundreds are given serious consideration, but far fewer are eventually enacted into law. Most enactments have limited impact, affect few, and are quietly forgotten in the flow of legislative activity. However, a small number of laws have risen to the level of historical consequence. These are the laws that have shaped America, and they are the subject of this book. Which pieces of legislation were the most significant for the development of the nation? Which have had an immediate or lasting impact on our society? Which laws so affected us that we could not imagine how our lives would be without them? Dennis W. Johnson vividly portrays the story of fifteen major laws enacted over the course of two centuries of American democracy. For each law, he examines the forces and circumstances that led to its enactment--the power struggles between rival interests, the competition between lawmakers and the administration, the compromises and principled stands, and the impact of the legislation and its place in American history.

The American Highway

Author: William Kaszynski
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786408221
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Minnesota-based writer and photographer Kazynski traces the transformation of the US from a network of places connected by rutted wagon trails to a maze of highways connected to other highways. He describes and illustrates road and bridge construction and the new roadside culture that threw up motels, restaurants, gas stations, and scenic perspectives.

Paving the Way

Author: Michael R. Fein
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Tells the surprising story of how road construction helped to pave the way to the modern American state. Shows how the growing transportation needs of a steadily industrializing population changed political order from local to state and ultimately to federal governance.

Asphalt Pavements

Author: Y. Richard Kim
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1315736756
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Asphalt Pavements contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Asphalt Pavements (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 1-5 June 2014), and discusses recent advances in theory and practice in asphalt materials and pavements. The contributions cover a wide range of topics:- Environmental protection and socio-economic impacts- Additives and mo

Poromechanics IV

Author: Hoe I. Ling
Publisher: DEStech Publications, Inc
ISBN: 1605950068
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Based on the Biot conference, named after Maurice Biot and held at Columbia University, this book contains over 170 original papers on different phases of poromechanics in many materials from soils and minerals to human bone. It covers testing and modeling.