Produced & Written by
Co-produced & Edited by
Voice of Lawrence Svobida
Du Art Video
Blue Stock Footage
Hot Shot/Cool Cuts
The Image Bank
Grinberg World Wide Images
UCLA Film & Television Archive
University Of South Carolina Film Library
Amarillo Public Library
AP/Wide World Photos
The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Square House Museum
Evelyn Jeanne Claytor
WHC, Denver Public Library
Institute of Texan Cultures
Kansas State Historical Society
Library of Congress
Museum of Modern Art
Oklahoma Historical Society
Seward County Historical Museum
S.W. Collection, Texas Tech University
“An Empire of Dust”
by Lawrence Svobida
Courtesy of Caxton Printers
Kelley A. Trotter
R. Douglas Hurt
Associate Producer, Web
Marketing and Communications
James E. Dunford
A Steward/Gazit Productions, Inc. film for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
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 most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
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 American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
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.
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.