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S15: Liquid Nitroglycerin and the Transcontinental Railroad

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The Central Pacific's best hope was a dangerous gamble: liquid nitroglycerin. Nitro was the most powerful explosive ever made, and the least stable. Transportation of liquid nitro was made illegal in California in 1867, but a British chemist came and mixed the compound on site. Liquid nitro helped the workers by blasting more rock in much less time.

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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.

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S29 Ep10: The Great War: Part 3

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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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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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