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
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.
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.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.
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.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.