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Unformatted text preview: of government and financiers, America built the world’s best railroad system, creating a coast-to-coast network that further unified and fortified the
national economy. Half a century later, Teddy Roosevelt established the Inland Waterways Commis sion to develop
a comprehensive plan for improving America’s waterways for commercial traffic. Infrastructure building,
orchestrated by his cousin Franklin, brought electricity to rural America, and an ambitious list of projects including
bridges, tunnels, and airports that employed millions of Americans at the height of the Great Depression and
continue to serve our country today. Following World War II, Dwight Eisenhower had a vision to build the world’s
best highway system, easing mobility around the country and opening up vast new regions to greater economic
opportunity. In 1956, he convinced Congress to finance that vision, and the Interstate Highway System was born,
forever changing the American landscape and creating what would become an essential element of the definitive
American lifestyle for the next half...
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