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 first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.