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.
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.
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
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.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
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.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.