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34. Dwight Eisenhower

  1. Eisenhower, Dwight D - Library
      Provides biographical infomation on Dwight D. Eisenhower, former President of the United States. 10-09

  1. -Eisenhower, Dwight David (POTUS)
      Presents a very comprehensive and well organized set of facts and links regarding President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  2. Eisenhower, Dwight - Picture (
      Presents a picture of the president. 1-05

  3. Eisenhower, Dwight D. (PBS)
      Provides his early career, presidential politics, domestic policy, foreign affairs, days of decision, and legacy.

  4. Lessons of Leadership from Eisenhower (
      "The complexity of planning and executing Operation Overlord the largest amphibious assault in world history was truly staggering."

      "The mission involved formulating deception plans, building artificial harbors along the British coastline, figuring out how to effectively launch 12,000 planes and 7,000 vessels, land 24,000 paratroopers into enemy territory, get 160,000 troops across the English Channel and onto and over 50 miles of beaches, plotting how to then re-supply those men as they made their way into France, and numerous other details."

  5. National Highway System (
      "In the beginning of the 20th century, a national, uninterrupted system of highways was merely a pipe dream. A National Road was built in 1815 that ran between Maryland and St. Louis, and facilitated immigration to the central United States. This road, however, fell into disrepair."

      "Soon after becoming president in 1953, President Eisenhower authorized the first funding of the interstate system. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1954 set aside $175 million for the project. However, even more money was needed for the system that Eisenhower envisioned, and he continued to press for funds. Two years later, the expanded Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 authorized a budget of $25 billion, of which the federal share would be 90%."

      Editor's Note: The article states, " It wasn't until the late 1930s that Dwight D. Eisenhower advocated for the transcontinental system of highways that eventually took his name." The statement is incorrect. It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt that advocated for the highway system at that time. 7-05

  6. National Highway System (
      "The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, commonly called the Interstate Highway System, is a network of highways in the United States."

      "One potential civil defense use of the Interstate highway system is for the emergency evacuation of cities in the event of a potential nuclear war." 7-05

  7. Route 66 History (
      "Ironically, the public lobby for rapid mobility and improved highways that gained Route 66 its enormous popularity in earlier decades also signaled its demise beginning in the mid-1950's. Mass federal sponsorship for an interstate system of divided highways markedly increased with Dwight D. Eisenhower's second term in the 'White House. General Eisenhower had returned from Germany very impressed by the strategic value of Hitler's Autobahn. 'During World War II,' he recalled later, 'I saw the superlative system of German national highways crossing that country and offering the possibility, often lacking in the United States, to drive with speed and safety at the same time.' "

      "The congressional response to the president's commitment was the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which provided a comprehensive financial umbrella to underwrite the cost of the national interstate and defense highway system."

      "By 1970, nearly all segments of original Route 66 were bypassed by a modern four-lane highway." 7-05


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