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Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific

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On December 10, 1913, after a final push of excavation, the unbroken waterway finally connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The project had taken ten years and more than $350 million. To that date, it was the largest single federal expenditure in history. More than 5,000 workers lost their lives, but the successful completion defined the US as a superpower of the 20th century.

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Creating the Canal

Creating the Canal

Forty five years after the U.S. first considered building a canal through Central America, the Panama Canal...

Panama Map Interactive

Panama Map Interactive

Browse this 1906 map of the Panama Canal compiled by surveys from the French and U.S. governments. See phot...

Episodes of American Experience24

American Experience

The Perfect Crime

After attempting to commit the perfect crime, would two boys get the death penalty? Feb 9

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American Experience

Murder of a President

The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president.

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The Mine Wars

Go inside the coal miners' bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Bonnie & Clyde

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in U.S. history -- Bonnie & Clyde

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American Experience

The Perfect Crime Chapter 1

The murder of Bobby Franks shocked the nation in 1924. Premieres February 9 at 9/8c.

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American Experience

Murder of a President, Chapter 1

Watch the first chapter of "Murder of a President" premiering Feb. 2, 2016 on PBS.

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American Experience

Coal Towns, from The Mine Wars

The realities of company-built towns for West Virginia miners.

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American Experience

The Mine Wars, Chapter 1

West Virginia miners were considered a lost cause to union organizers.

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Previews of American Experience137

American Experience

Space Men Preview

Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.

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American Experience

Coming in 2016

Executive Producer Mark Samels on what's coming to American Experience this Feb. & March.

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American Experience

The Perfect Crime Preview

The story of Richard Leopold, Nathan Loeb & their shocking crime. Premiering Feb. 9, 2016

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Murder of a President Preview

A heartbreaking story of romance, madness, and medicine. Premieres Feb. 2, 2016 on PBS.

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