Brooklyn Bridge

Premiered 1981

Today it's a symbol of strength and vitality. 135 years ago, it was a source of controversy. This documentary examines the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. From conception to construction, it traces the bridge's transformation from a spectacular feat of heroic engineering to an honored symbol in American culture.

Funding Provided by: General Motors;CPB;PBS;New York Council for the Humanities;NEH;Citibank, N.A.; Abraham & Strauss; American Society of Civil Engineers; NY Telephone; Consolidated Edison; NY State Council for the Arts; Brooklyn Union Gas; Kings County Democratic Committee;Constans-Culver Foundation; New York Dock Railway; and W.R. Grace & Co.

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Video thumbnail: Brooklyn Bridge David McCullough talks about the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

David McCullough talks about the Brooklyn Bridge

Community of builders.

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David McCullough talks about the Brooklyn Bridge

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Video thumbnail: Brooklyn Bridge Paul Goldberg Discusses the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Paul Goldberg Discusses the Brooklyn Bridge

The bridge is the archetypal monument.

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Paul Goldberg Discusses the Brooklyn Bridge

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