American Experience: The Race Underground

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017



Credit: Courtesy of City of Boston Archives

WGBH’s American Experience tells the story of the nation’s first subway system developed here in our fair city. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name, The Race Underground tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions.

In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston, a city of so many firsts, that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway.

Watch it tonight at 9pm on WGBH 2. More airings

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