The life of workers in the Canal Zone was filled with hardships: constant rain, backbreaking work, racial tensions between West Indian and white laborers, and the constant fear of debilitating illnesses such as yellow fever or malaria. Early working conditions were so harsh that nearly all skilled American workers deserted within a year. As work on the canal progressed, however, the Isthmian Canal Commission improved facilities and provided incentives for workers to stay. This photo gallery provides a look into the everyday life of the people that lived and worked on the canal from 1904 to 1914.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.