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Special feature

Coney Island
Technology with a Human Face [Text-based]

Find out what Coney Island and the Internet have in common.

Coney Island
Film Clip from Coney Island [Video]

View some of the vintage clips used in the film, including the Steeplechase ride and the roller coaster. Six video clips.

Edison's Miracle of Light
AC/DC: What's the Difference? [Non-Flash interactive]

Your computer plugs in to an AC outlet, and yet its guts relies mainly on direct current (DC). What exactly is the difference between the two types of current? This feature shows you.

Edison's Miracle of Light
Edison Recordings [Audio]

The Edison company produced thousands of recordings between the years 1888 and 1929. Here are six blues and jazz songs, available in RealAudio and downloadable MP3 files.

Rescue at Sea
The Development of Radio [Text-based]

From the discovery of that strange phenomenon known as electromagnetism to the advent of Digital Audio Broadcasting, radio sure has come a long way.

Secrets of a Master Builder
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

In 1876 Scientific American nominated James Eads for president of the United States. Would you vote for him?

Secrets of a Master Builder
Building a Bridge Pier [Flash interactive]

How did Eads build his innovative St. Louis Bridge, the first steel span in the world? Find out in a step-by-step demonstration. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Secrets of a Master Builder
St. Louis Bridge Video [Video]

Take a look at a video clip of the majestic bridge today.

Secrets of a Master Builder
The Jetties Today [Text-based]

Eads built jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi in 1879. What is left of them today?

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
The Elements of Steel [Flash interactive]

Take a look at the chemical composition of steel in this interactive feature. Non-flash version available.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Would you have sunk your money in this underwater venture?

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Science Expo 1870 [Non-Flash interactive]

Explore science concepts behind the transatlantic cable. Includes four video clips.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Interview Excerpts [Text-based]

Experts share their knowledge about the cable project.

The Telephone
Forgotten Inventors [Text-based]

Explore some forgotten inventors.

The Wizard of Photography
Wet-Plate Photography [Text-based]

Before the advent of dry plates and roll film, photographers took pictures using wet plates. This step-by-step explanation shows you how they did it.

The Wright Stuff
Know Your Wrights [Text-based]

The Wright Stuff
Return to Kitty Hawk [Video]

Flying in a replica of the plane used by the Wright brothers on that fateful day at Kitty Hawk, built by Rick and Sue Young, Jacqueline and David Young, recreate the historic event

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt
TR's Legacy - The Panama Canal [Video]

The story of the Panama Canal. Text with two video clips.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Interview with the Filmmakers [Image-based]

Photos spanning the history of the Jordan farm on Troublesome Creek

Maps

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Transcontinental Railroad
The Race to Utah! [Flash interactive]

Follow the transcontinental railroad's construction on an interactive map and explore stories along the route. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film
Art or Document? [Text-based]

Some people think photography is a fine art. Others see it as a documentary tool. Explore a 150-year-old debate.

Edison's Miracle of Light
Thomas Edison's Patents [Text-based]

See a complete list of Thomas Edison's patents.

Gold Fever
What They Brought Along [Text-based]

Among the hardy souls who ventured into the Klondike to seek their fortune was a sizeable contingent of women. A handbook of the day, Klondike and All About It, lent advice to women preparing to make the trek.

Gold Fever
Greetings from the Klondike [Text-based]

Excerpts of correspondence from Klondike gold prospectors.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Cable Jokes! [Text-based]

Laugh along with the pranksters of Harper's Weekly.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Faster than the Sun [Text-based]

Telegraph speed is compared to the speed of the sun's motion.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Promoting Unity, Peace and Goodwill Among Men [Text-based]

The Atlantic Monthly discusses the spread of telegraphy in 1860.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Cable Experiments [Text-based]

An 1868 journal reports on the scientific principles behind the Atlantic cable.

Transcontinental Railroad
Reports from the End of the Track [Text-based]

Read accounts of the railroad from the pages of Harper's Weekly.

Transcontinental Railroad
Mark Twain on the Railroad [Text-based]

Find out about Western travel before and after the railroad in this commentary from America's favorite humorist.

Gallery

Edison's Miracle of Light
Gallery [Image-based]

The images in this gallery show advertisements and uses of a few of the mechanisms Edison created.

Murder at Harvard
Medical Instruments and Teaching Aids [Image-based]

View medical instruments and teaching tools from the mid-19th century.

Secrets of a Master Builder
James Eads' Architectural Drawings [Image-based]

Browse and examine up close some of the original construction drawings for the unprecedented St. Louis bridge. Flash version of gallery available.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Telegraph Snapshots [Image-based]

Browse a gallery of snapshots showing how the telegraph affected Americans over the years.

The Telephone
Telephones Through the Years [Image-based]

A visual history of the telephone.

Timeline

Edison's Miracle of Light
Timeline [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Streamliners Timeline [Text-based]

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Timeline [Text-based]

The Telephone
Technology Timeline [Flash interactive]

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, explore some of America's technological innovations and inventions. Flash with non-Flash version available.

The Wizard of Photography
Timeline of Photography [Text-based]

Transcontinental Railroad
Timeline [Text-based]

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Edison's Miracle of Light
Further Reading [Text-based]

Gold Fever
Read More, Learn More [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Iron Road
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Telephone
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Wright Stuff
Read More Learn More [Text-based]

Transcontinental Railroad
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Ansel Adams
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the closing of the wilderness, the American West, California history, Japanese American internment, the natural environment, conflicts between economic growth and conservation of the American landscape, photographs as documentary historical sources, media literacy, and the role of art.

Edison's Miracle of Light
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn how electricity changed American life, and the world.

Rescue at Sea
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate immigration policies and communications technology in the early 20th century.

Secrets of a Master Builder
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how a self-made man and one of America's greatest engineers mastered the Mississippi.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take a trip on America's shimmering silver locomotives, in the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Understand communications history, U.S.-British relations, entrepreneurs and enterprise, marine science, and the growth of the global economy.

The Telephone
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the telephone, and discuss monopolies, patents, and women in the workforce.

The Wizard of Photography
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See how George Eastman's invention changed American life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Transcontinental Railroad
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Travel the route between Iowa and California and explore manifest destiny; conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers; the experiences of railroad workers -- including Civil War veterans and Chinese immigrants; business speculation and the Crdit Mobilier scandal; and the engineering challenges of connecting the coasts of the nation.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how one family, the Jordans, came up with a dramatic solution to hold onto their family farm.