Several families documented the destruction wrought by the Hurricane of '38 with their home movie cameras. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE acquired home movies from three families.
The first video, taken by the Sweetland family, shows color footage of the dozens of large trees now littering the street.
Home videos from the Philbrick family survey the wreckage on the shoreline and captures the giant waves crashing in.
The Eddy family's final black and white video illustrates the aftermath of the hurricane when hundreds of boats had been deposited inland.
President Theodore Roosevelt was caught in the middle of the first major battle for wilderness preservation in Yosemite National Park.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans to Illinois, leaving a million people homeless and leading to a major black migration to the North.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.