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 contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
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.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.