Time Magazine calls U.S. Highway 50 the “main street of America”–the highway extends from Maryland’s eastern shore to Sacramento and passes through Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City and the heartland of America. What were the noble ideas that shaped our nation and how have these ideas played out as we tour across the country? We’re going to use Highway 50 to explore America from its founding, early development, the Civil War, and westward expansion, to our current life together. This will not be a traditional travelogue. Instead, we will explore seven themes about the nature of America, using Highway 50 as an anchor, prompt, and story board.