Extras

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Travel the Panama Canal

    American Experience

    Travel the Panama Canal

    Take a boat through the Panama canal with this time-lapse video of the locks in action.

    Travel the Panama Canal

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Panama Canal Animation

    American Experience

    Panama Canal Animation

    An animation demonstrating the lock system of the Panama Canal.

    Panama Canal Animation

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Travel the Panama Canal

    American Experience

    Travel the Panama Canal

    Ride through the Panama canal with this time-lapse video of the locks in action.

    Travel the Panama Canal

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Powering New York's Subway System

    American Experience

    Powering New York's Subway System

    Running New York's subway would require the most powerful electrical plant in the world.

    Powering New York's Subway System

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Danger in the Tunnels

    American Experience

    Danger in the Tunnels

    In June, 1902, subcontractor, Ira Shaler, suffered a fatal accident in the east tunnel.

    Danger in the Tunnels

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Engineering in the Late 19th Century

    American Experience

    Engineering in the Late 19th Century

    In the late 19th-century, an engineer was regarded as a god-like figure.

    Engineering in the Late 19th Century

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Alfred Beach's Subway Plan

    American Experience

    Alfred Beach's Subway Plan

    The first effort to build a subway dates back to the 1850s with Alfred Ely Beach.

    Alfred Beach's Subway Plan

    Video thumbnail: American Experience New York's Topography Challenges

    American Experience

    New York's Topography Challenges

    New York’s topography presented a special engineering challenge for subway planners.

    New York's Topography Challenges

    Video thumbnail: American Experience The Pneumatic Subway

    American Experience

    The Pneumatic Subway

    Alfred Ely Beach had an idea for a pneumatic subway, pulled by a rope of air.

    The Pneumatic Subway

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Constructing New York's First Subway

    American Experience

    Constructing New York's First Subway

    At least 7,700 men would be needed to build the Interborough Rapid Transit, or IRT.

    Constructing New York's First Subway

    Video thumbnail: American Experience New York Underground Preview

    American Experience

    New York Underground Preview

    By the mid-1800s New York City was one of the most crowded places on earth.

    New York Underground Preview

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Andrew Carnegie: The Richest Man in the World

    American Experience

    Andrew Carnegie: The Richest Man in the World

    Andrew Carnegie embodied the American dream: the immigrant who went from rags to riches.

    Andrew Carnegie: The Richest Man in the World

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