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The American Road

1. Transportation History in the USA - "The American Road" - 1953 + 1970.

Educational documentary first released in 1953 showing the development of transportation in the United States during the first half of the 20th century, emphasizing growth of automobile industry, roads and highways. Lots of historic footage of cars from the very early part of the 20th century.

An additional segment was created and appended to the film for the 1970's re-release.

2. Highway construction in America during the 1950's - "Builders of the Broad Highway"

Learn all about highway construction in America during the 1950's as the "Broad Highway" takes shape. You'll see the planning and construction of the highway and related infrastructure such as bridges, along with cars, trucks and earth moving machinery from the period.

3. Interstate Highways in the 1950's - American Roads & Transport.

The film "highway Hearing" was produced by Dow Chemicals, with assistance from the US Bureau of Roads and the Automotive Safety Foundation, to garner support for the 1956 Federal Aid-Highway Act, the law that enabled the Interstate Highway system of America.

Film synopsis:
After a small town learns that it is to be bypassed by a new freeway, highway officials and politicians help to convince residents that the freeway is actually in their interest. The film ends as it began, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stretch of highway.

4. The Open Road - 1951 Highway Construction Educational Documentary.
The Bethlehem Steel Company explains how their steel products are used in 1950's highway construction.

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