Book Discussion on American Road Mr. Davies talked about his book, American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age, published by… read more

Book Discussion on American Road Mr. Davies talked about his book, American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age, published by Henry Holt and Company. It is the story of the First Transcontinental Motor Train, a military caravan that traveled from the White House to California in the summer of 1919. It took the group of sixty-nine military vehicles sixty-two days to reach San Francisco, and they traveled at an average speed of five miles per hour. Along the way, the caravan encountered extreme weather, uncooperative equipment, and poorly-made roads. Ironically one of the participants was a young soldier named Dwight Eisenhower, who, four decades later as President, launched the building of the interstate highway system. Davies also provides a colorful history of transcontinental car travel in this country, including the first cross-country trips and the building of the Lincoln Highway. close

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Sep 29, 2002
Last Aired:
Aug 29, 2004

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  • Sep 29, 2002 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 29, 2002 | 11:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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