The Nation: History on the Rails

One aspect of the nation's Bicentennial celebration gets rolling next April, when a 24-car American Freedom Train pulls out of Boston on a 21-month cross country journey. On the outside of ten of the red-white-and-blue cars of the train, display cases will highlight the nation's past; inside, each car will contain one segment of what the train's sponsors call "a moving monument to history": such themes in the national life as "Origins," "Exploration and Expansion," "Sports" and the like. The exhibits will include carefully culled artifacts, documents, photographs and other memorabilia—from inflammatory Revolutionary broadsides to a film of Babe Ruth...

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