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.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.