On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, just a few years earlier, the French had failed disastrously. But the U.S. paid a price for victory: more than a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars—the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time – and the loss of more than 5,000 lives.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.