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The Race Underground: America's First Subway, January 12, 2020

The Race Undergrond: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
Author Doug Most

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

Needham author and journalist Doug Most will bring Boston history alive based on his book The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway.

It all started with the Blizzard of 1888 and two hypercompetitive brothers -- Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City -- both of whom pursued the dream of having his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway -- and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.

Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

The Library will also be screening the documentary film The Race Underground, based in part on Doug Most's book, in the Community Room on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.. This film was an episode of PBS's American Experience series. The screening is sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library.

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