Lecture: New York & Boston: The Whitney Race Underground
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Elms, 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Doug Most, Deputy Managing Editor for Features, The Boston Globe; author, The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
In the late 19th century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn vehicles of all kinds. When the Great Blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire Northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation’s most prominent families, Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York, pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway, opening an era of rapid urban transit. They were powerful men. Respected, ambitious and rich, they were willing to bribe whomever they needed and able to buy whatever they wanted. Two years apart in age, they would lean on each other, learn from each other, and in one particular moment of desperation, they would even share their most important employee, a brilliant young engineer.
Lecture presented in partnership with the Newport Public Library.
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