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 impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
Engineered by William Barclay Parsons, the 21-mile, four-track route of the New York City Subway was the largest public works project in history.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.