It would be the "Biggest Thing on Earth," the salvation of the common man, a dam and irrigation project that would make the desert bloom, a source of cheap power that would boost an entire region of the country. Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.
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The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.