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Post by notmartha » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:55 am

Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
HIGHWA'Y, noun A public road; a way open to all passengers; so called, either because it is a great or public road, or because the earth was raised to form a dry path. Highways open a communication from one city or town to another.

1. Course; road; train of action.
Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856

1. A passage or road through the country, or some parts of it, for the use of the people. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 442. The term highway is said to be a generic name for all kinds of public ways. 6 Mod R, 255.

2. Highways are universally laid out by public authority and repaired at the public expense, by direction of law. 4 Burr. Rep. 2511.

3. The public have an easement over a highway, of which the owner of the land cannot deprive them; but the soil and freehold still remain in the owner, and he may use the land above and below consistently with the easement. He may, therefore, work a mine, sink a drain or water course, under the highway, if the easement remains unimpaired. Vide Road; Street; Way; and 4 Vin. Ab. 502; Bac. Ab. h. t.; Com. Dig. Chemin; Dane's Ab. Index, h. t.; Egremont on Highways; Wellbeloved on Highways; Woolrych on Ways; 1 N. H. Rep. 16; 1 Conn. R. 103; 1 Pick. R. 122; 1 M'Cord's R. 67; 2 Mass. R. 127; 1 Pick. R. 122; 3 Rawle, R. 495; 15 John. R. 483; 16 Mass. R. 33; 1 Shepl. R. 250; 4 Day, R. 330; 2 Bail. R. 271; 1 Yeates, Rep. 167.

4. The owners of lots on opposite sides of a highway, are prima facie owners, each of one half of the highway,, 9 Serg. & Rawle, 33; Ham. Parties, 275; Bro. Abr. Nuisance, pl. 18 and the owner may recover the possession in ejectment, and have it delivered to him, subject to the public easement. Adams on Eject. 19, 18; 2 Johns. Rep. 357; 15 Johns. Rep. 447; 6 Mass. 454; 2 Mass. 125.

5. If the highway is impassable, the public have the right to pass over the adjacent soil; but this rule does not extend to private ways, without an express grant. Morg. Vad. Mec. 456 7; 1 Tho. Co. Lit. 275; note 1 Barton, Elem. Conv. 271; Yelv. 142, note 1.


A robber on the highway.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st Edition, 1891
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The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895
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Anti-Thought-Control Dictionary created by American Christian Ministries

CONTROLLED MEANING: Public roads built for the good of the people and the land. Highways provide convenience and enjoyment for the public, as well as the means for exchange of commerce and industry.

CORRECT MEANING: While highways appear to be a blessing, their purpose historically has been to facilitate military control of the land. Their secondary purpose is to facilitate and control commerce. Highways serve to transport and disperse military troops and police for quick response in controlling a nation.

The Romans developed a network of paved roads for the rapid movement of troops. Roads in the ancient world was evidence of the existence of an authoritarian regime; in fact, the construction of long-distance roads, with their military significance, is the function of any strong central government A road system implies central government over a wide area with power to command labour. The most spectacular road developments in the 19th century were 'in France, under Napoleon, and in the 20th century under Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. — (Enc. Britannica, 1958)
49 U.S. Code § 13102 - Definitions
(9) Highway.—
The term “highway” means a road, highway, street, and way in a State.
Wex Legal Dictionary
Commerce Power
Congress has the power to regulate the channels and instrumentalities of interstate commerce. Channels refers to the highways, waterways, and air traffic of the country. Instrumentalities refers to cars, trucks, ships, and airplanes. Congress also has power to regulate activities that have a substantial effect on interstate commerce.
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