Panama Canal

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.

My American Experience

My American Experience photos

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Have you gone through the locks? Or, did you have a family member who worked on the Panama Canal? Share your photos, stories and experiences.

  • Additional funding for this program was provided by

  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • NEH