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  • Victory in the Pacific | Article

    Major Pacific Battles

    In December 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i, causing the U.S. to enter World War II.

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    Victory in the Pacific

    The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II. In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans.

  • MacArthur | Timeline

    The War In the Pacific

    President Roosevelt signing the Declaration of war against Japan in December 1941.

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    No soldier in modern history has been more admired — or more reviled. Douglas MacArthur, liberator of the Philippines, shogun of occupied Japan, mastermind of the Inchon invasion, was an admired national hero when he was suddenly relieved of his command. A portrait of a complex, imposing and fascinating American general. 

  • Building the Alaska Highway | Article

    Japan Invades the Aleutian Islands

    After the assault on Peark Harbor on December 7, 1941, Americans quickly became all too aware of their vulnerability.

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    Building the Alaska Highway

    The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.

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    Author, soldier, scientist, outdoorsman and caring father, he was the youngest man to become president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

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    Custer's Last Stand

    The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.

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    Ulysses S. Grant

    As a general, he had fought to preserve the Union. As president, he helped to oversee the transformation from union to nation.

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    Panama Canal

    In 1914, the Panama Canal connected the world’s two largest oceans. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where the French had failed disastrously, but the U.S. paid a price for victory.

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    The Duel

    The most famous duel in American history climaxed a longstanding conflict between two of the most important men in the country.  The conflict between Alexander Hamilton, an architect of the Constitution and designer of American capitalism, and Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States and the first modern politician.

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    Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

    The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry, from its origins off the coast of New England, through the age of deep ocean whaling, and on to its demise in the decades following the Civil War. 

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast.

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    Secrets of a Master Builder

    A self-made man and one of America’s greatest engineers, James Buchanan Eads led a life inextricably intertwined with the nation’s most important waterway, the Mississippi River. He explored the river bottom in a diving bell of his own design; made a fortune salvaging wrecks; in the 1870s built the world's first steel bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis; then deepened the river at its mouth, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation. By the time of his death in 1887, Eads was widely acknowledged to be one of the most influential men of his day.

  • Custer's Last Stand | Image Gallery

    Lt. Col. George Custer

    Browse this image gallery of Custer as he became known as the fearless Lieutenant Colonel who embodied the American Western frontier.



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    Vietnam: A Television History

    A six-year project from conception to completion, Vietnam: A Television History carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of a controversial but intriguing war. From the first hour through the last, the series provides a detailed visual and oral account of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on many military and foreign policy issues.

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    The Transcontinental Railroad | Article

    Hell on Wheels

    Massachusetts newspaper editor Samuel Bowles observed the peculiar representatives of American culture taking root in North Platte and christened what he saw Hell on Wheels.

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    An unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president, Harry Truman was the least prepared of all the men who had held the highest office, but he would prove to be a surprise — the unlikely rise of a gritty American original.

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    Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

    Although fleets of these high speed trains crisscrossed the country by the 1940s, their success was short-lived. The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.

  • The Island Murder | Article

    Race in Territorial Hawai'i

    Though an estimated 300,000 natives lived in Hawai'i when Captain James Cook landed in 1778, that population had dwindled to just 30,000 by 1900.