The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases like smallpox and typhoid. People tried everything to avoid getting the virus — from gargling with mouthwash to wearing masks — but it was not until years after the pandemic was over that scientists made any real breakthroughs.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.
Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.
Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.