Science and the military converged under a cloak of secrecy at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As part of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos — both its very existence and the work that went on there — was kept from Americans during World War II.
Many of the thousands of scientists on the project were not officially aware of what they were working on. Though they were not permitted to talk to anyone about their work, including each other, by 1945 some had figured out that they were in fact building an atomic bomb.
The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
A look at the poor Scottish emigrant boy who built a fortune in telegraphy, railroads and steel, and then began systematically to give it all away.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.