The Railroad revolutionized travel and shipping across America. Many people ride trains today not just for transportation, but also as a way to see the country. What trains have you been on? Do you have any memories of Streamliners? Have you been in a Pullman car? Share your most memorable train ride with American Experience.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.