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S24 Ep6: Diverting the Columbia River

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The biggest challenge in building Grand Coulee Dam was diverting the flow of the Columbia. To make this happen, the workers had to build cofferdams, temporary structures that keep the river at bay, allowing workers to dig out the mud and expose the granite bedrock on which the dam would rest. The west side cofferdam was completed on March 23, 1935. Soon after, the water level rose 32 feet.

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American Experience

S24 Ep6: Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam loomed large in America's imagination during the Great Depression.

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S24 Ep6: Grand Coulee Dam

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American Experience

S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

As the war ends, America is forever transformed by the violent and bloody conflict.

1:53:00

S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

1:53:00

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American Experience

S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2

As patriotism sweeps the nation, the country assembles its first mass conscripted army.

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S29 Ep9: The Great War: Part 2

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1

American neutrality erodes as Wilson declares “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

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S29 Ep8: The Great War: Part 1

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: Mr. Pilates

There is no such thing as “Mr. Yoga,” but there was a “Mr. Pilates.”

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S29 Ep8: Mr. Pilates

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: Boot Camp

A composer's research process and the challenges he faced in creating music for the film.

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S29 Ep8: Boot Camp

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Video thumbnail: American Experience Eddie Rickenbacker: The Ace

American Experience

Eddie Rickenbacker: The Ace

How a race-car driver came to be one of the most famous fighters of the Great War.

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Eddie Rickenbacker: The Ace

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Video thumbnail: American Experience Eugene Bullard: An American in France

American Experience

Eugene Bullard: An American in France

An American who escaped the racism of Georgia, and fought on the battlefields of France.

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Eugene Bullard: An American in France

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American Experience

George Creel: The Salesman

George Creel — the man tasked with selling the Great War to the American people.

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George Creel: The Salesman

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American Experience

Ralph John: The Soldier

Private Ralph John’s training for the Great War was two days’ practice with a rifle.

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Ralph John: The Soldier

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: Alice Paul: The Suffragist

How could President Wilson call for democracy abroad while suppressing it at home?

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S29 Ep8: Alice Paul: The Suffragist

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: Anti-German Hysteria

Creating music to reflect the mood and feelings of the film, without editorializing it.

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S29 Ep8: Anti-German Hysteria

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American Experience

The Great War, Part 3: Trailer

The climactic struggle and ensuing peace that forever changed a president and a nation.

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The Great War, Part 3: Trailer

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American Experience

The Great War, Part 2: Trailer

Follow America’s entry into the conflict.

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The Great War, Part 2: Trailer

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: The Great War promo

The Great War promo

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S29 Ep8: The Great War promo

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American Experience

S29 Ep8: The Great War trailer

The Great War tells the rich and complex story of World War I.

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S29 Ep8: The Great War trailer

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