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.

For more than three decades, Ken Burns and his colleagues at Florentine Films—directors, writers, producers, editors, and cinematographers—have produced some of the most critically acclaimed and most watched documentaries on public television.

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