"See, the first Interstates did improve transportation for the grower to not only purchase items that they needed, farm supplies, to move their supplies to ship them to market. But also it made the rural community more mobile, and you could reach an urban center more readily. So, that did reduce the isolation a little bit and a rural dweller could be more part of an urban scene 50 miles away than he could have previously because if they could get there within an hour or less they could participate a number of ways. And many people began to have employment in an urban center but live in a rural area. And that wasn't really feasible without a good highway system… It wasn't feasible before because maybe you couldn't get to the second source of income with the previous highway system. So, that contributed to social change across rural America."

Alex Martin – The Interstate


Other Excerpts from Alex Martin’s Interview:

Cold War Air Raid Drills
The Green Revolution
The DNA Revolution
Synergy of Technologies
The Weed Challenge
Silent Spring
How 2,4-D Works
How Atrazine Works
The Futures Market