Department of History/Urban Studies Program
715 Stadium Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200
Char Miller is a professor of history and director of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity University where he received the Dr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship in 1997. He is a contributing writer for the Texas Observer and has published extensively on environmental, cultural, intellectual, and urban history.
This presentation explores the extraordinary impact of the war on the cultural, social, and urban development of the Lone Star State. Using slides and other illustrative material, the session especially focuses on the way federal spending transformed the lives of millions and how this transformation fueled the state's explosive postwar growth.
This session will feature the film Divided Highways, which examines the development of the 42,500-mile U.S. interstate highway system and its role in developing American culture. Topics will include the people and forces that made the system possible, how it transformed the landscape, and the effect it had on the people and communities of Texas.