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Tour the Projects: See the building of: The Hoover Dam, Mississippi Levees, The First Utility, Bridges of NYC, Boston's Big Dig
About the Series: Get information about the Great Projects programs on PBS
Interviews: Learn how America's engineering feats were accomplished
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Student Resources: Access the best engineering schools, scholarship info, and bibliographies


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A Tale of Two RiversElectric NationBridging New YorkThe Big Dig

These Projects Have Stories to Tell

America's great engineering feats are remarkable tales of planning and politics, the processes without which great engineering projects would remain only blueprints. Not one of the "great projects" depicted here was realized simply because an engineer had a brilliant vision, or because the project was technically feasible, or because it would benefit the public. Each had to be pushed through the sticky medium of public controversy and debate. Enterprises undertaken for the sake of safety were built for the safety of all, not only of a monied elite. Projects that aimed to enhance the quality of life embraced more and more people as they grew.

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Great Projects
Great Projects: The Building of America


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Photo Credits: National Archives; Municipal Archives, NYC; Edison National Historic Site; Central Artery/Tunnel Project