How Did Pennsylvania Station End Up in NYC: A Brief History of Transportation in America
The United States of America’s creation and growth required the industrial age and the radically new circumstances it created. Both transportation and communication systems from 1800 onward advanced astonishingly quickly in technological complexity and dramatically transformative results.
The talk examines transportation in the US from the era of canal building in New York continues through the rise of the railroad to the combustion engine and air travel into the 20th century. The new technologies’ wide range of successes and failures go well beyond the traditional story of steam. The talk also examines the social, political and cultural changes the new material conditions engendered.
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