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Communities of Color Lost to Highway Construction

Many of America’s highways were built in the mid 1950s when the Eisenhower administration expanded the nation’s network of roads. The new freeways often ran right through thriving, ethnically diverse communities, destroying them. Now, the Biden administration is working to dismantle some of the highway projects that they say resulted from a pattern of discrimination against communities of color. Listen to a history professor explain how systemic racism has shaped the development of America’s freeways and how these past wrongs might be remedied.


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