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.
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.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
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.
The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.