A 1923 American Relief Administration film, “America’s Gift to Famine Stricken Russia,” tracks the path of food aid to the Soviet Union, where citizens were suffering a third year of severe drought.
In these selected film clips, the ARA introduces important members of its staff and shows the variety of creative ways they delivered rice, lard, corn, grits, milk, sugar and cocoa to hundreds of villages. Carrying supplies by ship, train, horse, camel and on people’s own backs, the ARA fed up to 11 million people daily.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.