American Experience

The Panama Canal

Season 23 Episode 4 | 1h 23m 11s

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. The story of the canal features a delightful cast of colorful characters ranging from an indomitable President to visionary engineers to tens of thousands of workers from around the world, rigidly segregated by race.

Aired: 04/02/12

Expired: 10/22/15

Rating: NR

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