During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to spend $1 trillion to improve and expand the nation's infrastructure. While the White House has not yet put forth any specific infrastructure plan, everyone agrees that our infrastructure needs attention desperately. This month, historian William Childs examines the history of how we have built infrastructure—everything from roads to the Internet—usually through partnerships between government and the private sector. Without that partnership, infrastructure projects are likely to languish.

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