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 story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
After 18 years of struggles, the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937.
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.