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Environmental Obstacles

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As much as the Corps' officers wanted to punch the Alaskan Highway through in a hurry, dealing with muskeg (swamps of decaying vegetation) and mud drastically slowed things down. By the end of June after three months of work, the Engineers had constructed 360 miles of road. The Army knew it had about four months left to build at least 1,100 more miles before winter arrived.

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Arctic Challenges

Arctic Challenges

By September of 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers building the Alaska Highway had struck permafrost—ground ...

Clearing the Way

Clearing the Way

To clear a path for the road, a lead bulldozer, flanked by two others, tore into the dirt and knocked down ...

Episodes of American Experience24

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.

1:51:49

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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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Death and the Civil War

How the US dealt with the unprecedented number of dead in the Civil War.

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Clips of American Experience818

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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American Experience

Bonnie & Clyde, Chapter 1

Bonnie and Clyde both grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Premieres Jan. 19 on PBS.

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Previews of American Experience136

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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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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The Mine Wars Preview

The story of small people going up against very big forces for a better nation. Jan 26 9pm

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