Since pre-colonial times, Americans' relationship to the natural world has shaped politics, policy, commerce, entertainment and culture. In this collection, delve into our complicated history with the environment through American Experience films exploring wide-ranging topics, from our struggles to exert dominion over nature to our attempts to understand and protect it.
A meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements and missed opportunities of eco-activism, Earth Days looks at the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement.
One of the most popular New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps put 3 million young men to work in the nation's forests and parks, conserving both private and federal land during the height of the Great Depression.
On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, just a few years earlier, the French had failed disastrously, but the U.S. paid a price for victory.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry, from its origins in drift and shore whaling off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the age of deep ocean whaling, and on to its demise in the decades following the American Civil War.