U.S. Route 1: Rediscovering The New World

By Mark A. Marchand

Travel, General non-fiction, Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Stretching over 2,400 miles along the East Coast—from remote, forested northern Maine to bucolic, artsy Key West—U.S. Route 1 is one of America's most historic but long-ignored highways. This eclectic road started as a pathway for patriots trying to launch a new nation and ultimately became one of the country's most important thoroughfares as the automobile arrived early in the 20th century. Because of its unique position along the East Coast, it is a critical lens through which to observe how what was once known to Europeans as the New World has evolved over centuries. In 2014, I drove every inch of this road. My goal was to experience a road trip similar to the car journeys of my early youth, to meet people along the way, and to witness for myself what the so-called New World had become four centuries after pilgrims began landing here.


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Stretching over 2,400 miles along the East Coast—from remote, forested northern Maine to bucolic, artsy Key West—U.S. Route 1 is one of America's most historic but long-ignored highways. This eclectic road started as a pathway for patriots trying to launch a new nation and ultimately became one of the country's most important thoroughfares as the automobile arrived early in the 20th century. Because of its unique position along the East Coast, it is a critical lens through which to observe how what was once known to Europeans as the New World has evolved over centuries. In 2014, I drove every inch of this road. My goal was to experience a road trip similar to the car journeys of my early youth, to meet people along the way, and to witness for myself what the so-called New World had become ...


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Mark A. Marchand, a Chicopee, Mass. native and graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is an adjunct professor in the Journalism Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a former daily newspaper journalist (Springfield, Mass.) and worked for about 25 years as a senior manager in corporate communications at Verizon. In addition to publishing freelance science articles and opinion pieces in daily newspapers, he blogs frequently on science, travel, history, and sports. He is also a private pilot and somewhat average golfer. And he reads...a lot.


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Mark A. Marchand, a Chicopee, Mass. native and graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is an adjunct professor in the Journalism Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a former daily newspaper journalist (Springfield, Mass.) and worked for about 25 years as a senior manager in corporate communications at Verizon. In addition to publishing freelance science articles and opini...


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