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Special feature

Jimmy Carter
Boyhood on the Farm [Video]

Watch video and read Carter's recollections of his rural Georgia childhood.

Mount Rushmore
Home Movies [Video]

View three video clips of Gutzon Borglum and the workers as they sculpt a national monument.

Mount Rushmore
Carving a Mountain [Flash interactive]

New York: The Center of the World
Online Forum [Text-based]

Experts answer your questions about the Trade Center, Manhattan's urban development, and New York's role at the center of the postwar economic order. Panelists include historians Niall Ferguson and Mike Wallace, Skyscraper Museum director Carol Willis, and filmmaker Ric Burns.

Partners of the Heart
Pivotal Decisions [Non-Flash interactive]

Take a low-paying but interesting job? Quit in anger? Move the family? You decide.

Public Enemy #1
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think criminals are born bad, or do they learn to lead a life of crime? Let us know what you think.

Public Enemy #1
Whodunit? [Flash interactive]

Do you have what it takes to be a forensic expert? Give this fingerprint matching game a whorl.

Public Enemy #1
Newsreels [Video]

Screen clips from vintage newsreels, including footage of officials smashing illegal beer bottles under Prohibition, patrols outside the Indiana jail holding Dillinger, technicians working in modern crime labs, and Dillinger's last journey -- to the graveyard. (Four clips, total duration: 1:26)

Public Enemy #1
Crime Spree [Text-based]

Track Dillinger through his last year alive.

Riding the Rails
Added Obstacles [Text-based]

Read about how life on the road was especially difficult for African America hobos.

Riding the Rails
Tales from the Rails [Text-based]

Read the stories of seven teenage hobos, plus tales sent in by web visitors.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Behind the Scenes [Video]

Hear cinematographer Tom Hurwitz's amazing story of the experiences he shared with a documentary filmmaker from the 1930s -- his father. Six clips.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Voices from Scottsboro [Text-based]

Find out how many broad social differences could come into conflict in a single criminal case.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
The Women on Trial [Text-based]

Explore the treatment of poor women on the witness stand during the Great Depression.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Lynching in Alabama [Text-based]

Seabiscuit
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should states allow more gambling?

Surviving the Dust Bowl
New Deal Remedies [Text-based]

Read about the government response to the plight of Dust Bowl farmers.

Surviving the Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl [Image-based]

See a map of the Dust Bowl.

The Crash of 1929
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Can laws and regulations prevent financial bubbles or crashes?

The Crash of 1929
A Hot Stock [Text-based]

Trace the rise and fall of R.C.A. -- the hot new tech stock of the Twenties.

The Crash of 1929
Crash Memories [Text-based]

Eyewitnesses and others describe what it was like when the market crashed.

The Crash of 1929
1929 Headlines [Text-based]

Read newspaper excerpts from 1929 that reveal investors' boundless optimism.

The Hurricane of '38
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Which natural disaster scares you the most?

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

Photos spanning the history of the Jordan farm on Troublesome Creek

Maps

Riding the Rails
Railroad Map [Image-based]

Rockefellers, The
Rockefellers' Mark on America [Flash interactive]

See some of the charitable gifts donated by this extraordinary family, mapped nationwide. Flash version with non-Flash version available.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
A Fateful Journey [Flash interactive]

Trace the paths of nine young black men and two young white women as their fates converged on an Alabama railroad track -- and led to the Scottsboro trials that divided the nation. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

FDR
Radio Address on the Banking Crisis [Text-based]

The president explains to the American people how his administration will end the banking crisis.

Golden Gate Bridge
The "True Picture of the Situation" [Text-based]

After his abrupt firing, engineer Charles Ellis agonized about whether the bridge would be built properly.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Hoover for Boulder [Text-based]

The Boulder Dam was renamed in 1930. The ceremony reveals the competition between Western states for that most precious resource, water.

Mount Rushmore
Bradley's History of the United States of America [Text-based]

Read the college-age winning essay from the 1934 contest to inscribe Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore
Burkett's History of the United States of America [Text-based]

Read the college-age winning essay from the 1934 contest to inscribe Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore
Mutilating Mount Rushmore [Text-based]

Read a poem written by one of Rushmore's critics.

New York: The Center of the World
The Geology of New York City [Text-based]

Read an excerpt from In Suspect Terrain by New Jersey native John McPhee, a staff writer for The New Yorker, in which he tours New York City with geologist Anita Harris, learning why skyscrapers were built in midtown and near Wall Street, but not in between.

Public Enemy #1
A Note Before a Jailbreak [Text-based]

Dillinger contacted his family in the winter of 1934, shortly before his famous escape from the Lake County Jail.

Public Enemy #1
Some Anti-Dillinger Laws [Text-based]

Explore tough new crime laws enacted by the federal government in late spring 1934.

Public Enemy #1
Dillinger's Last Hours --With Me -- By His Sweetheart [Text-based]

Polly Hamilton, Dillinger's companion after Frechette was arrested, recalled Dillinger's last days.

Riding the Rails
Striking a Chord: Railroads and their Musical Heritage [Audio]

Listen to four hobo songs from the 1930s: "The Highway Hobo" (2:43), "I Rode Southern" (2:47), "Loveless C.C.C." (1:08), "Stevensville Blues" (1:43).

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
The First Days [Text-based]

The New York Times interviews the youngest defendant, Roy Wright.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Langston Hughes on Scottsboro [Text-based]

A poet writes about the case.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Letter from Ruby Bates to Earl Streetman [Text-based]

An unreliable witness offers a confession.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Excerpts from the Transcript of Haywood Patterson's Second Trial [Text-based]

Speeches from the lawyers and judge reveal deep differences in attitudes.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
A Pardon [Text-based]

Over forty-six years after his arrest, the last living defendant returns South.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Escape from Jail [Text-based]

Haywood Patterson flees Alabama.

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

Travel back to 1936 for an ode to the streamliner train.

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

Read a scholar's 1994 account of the rise of the streamliners --and the decline of trains in America.

Surviving the Dust Bowl
An Eyewitness Account [Text-based]

Read a Kansas wheat farmer's account of how he survived the Dust Bowl.

The Rockefellers
Nelson's New Car [Text-based]

Fast cars were one of Nelson's life-long passions.

Gallery

Golden Gate Bridge
Gallery: On-site Construction Photos [Image-based]

As official photographers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Gabriel Moulin and his sons Raymond and Irving documented the project from start to finish.

Jimmy Carter
Carter Family Photo Album [Image-based]

Browse photographs of Jimmy Carter and his family.

Public Enemy #1
Depression-Era Desperadoes [Image-based]

Find out about the worst of the worst, including Bonnie and Clyde, "Baby Face" Nelson, and Ma Barker.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Gallery: The Zephyr [Image-based]

View a gallery of Zephyr trains.

The Crash of 1929
The Roaring Twenties [Image-based]

See the blue-skies optimism of the Roaring Twenties.

Timeline

Big Dream, Small Screen
TV Milestones [Text-based]

Golden Gate Bridge
Timeline [Text-based]

Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Marcus Garvey Timeline [Text-based]

Mount Rushmore
Timeline [Text-based]

Riding the Rails
Timeline [Text-based]

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Timeline [Text-based]

Surviving the Dust Bowl
Timeline of the Dust Bowl [Text-based]

The Crash of 1929
A selected Wall Street chronology [Text-based]

The Pill
Timeline [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Rockefellers Timeline [Text-based]

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

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Big Dream, Small Screen
Read More Learn More [Text-based]

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Fatal Flood
Further Reading [Text-based]

Golden Gate Bridge
Further Reading [Text-based]

Riding the Rails
Further Reading [Text-based]

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Further Reading [Text-based]

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

Surviving the Dust Bowl
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Crash of 1929
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Pill
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Golden Gate Bridge
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about American urban growth in the Thirties, the development of the West, building projects of the New Deal, employment in the Great Depression, environmental issues, the role of labor and labor unions, engineering history, and more.

Jimmy Carter
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the political rise of the South, presidential campaigns and elections, energy policy, inflation and unemployment, peace and war in the Middle East, the Iranian hostage crisis, the role of ex-presidents and the fight to eradicate disease.

Mr. Miami Beach
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate how improvements in transportation and an entrepreneurial spirit translate into new cities and resorts, in particular in Florida.

Public Enemy #1
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the national mood during the Great Depression, Prohibition, crime, criminals and the media, folk heroes, and the involvement of the Federal government in law enforcement.

Riding the Rails
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Research the Great Depression and explore homelessness today.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore race relations, the Depression, the Communist Party, and regional differences in one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.

Seabiscuit
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Spend a day at the races and learn about leisure during the Great Depression, folk heroes, the rise of radio and creation of a national broadcast audience, the rise of the automobile and the decline of the horse, and the legalization of gambling.

Surviving the Dust Bowl
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about relief programs and farm families during the Great Depression.

The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Use the Carter Family's music to explore the rise of the recording industry and celebrity culture, entertainment in America, popular images of poor and rural communities, and the Great Depression.

The Crash of 1929
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Step back to the 1920s and look into market mechanics, the history of Wall Street, economic forecasting, the zeitgeist of the 1920s, morality and the market, the effect of economic cycles on political trends, the lifestyles of the American elite.

The Rockefellers
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

What happens to families when they strike it rich? Explore the Rockefellers' business acumen, philanthropy, and controversies.

The Wizard of Photography
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

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

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.