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  • The Chinese Six Companies Digital Short
    Plague at the Golden Gate | Digital Short

    The Chinese Six Companies

    On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown, and set about building an eight-foot high wall around the district using cement blocks and barbed wire.

    5 MIN 35 SEC
  • Rupert Blue Digital Short
    Plague at the Golden Gate | Digital Short

    Rupert Blue

    Rupert Blue was a physician in the Marine Hospital Service, the precursor to the modern U.S. Public Health Service. In 1901 he launched a public health campaign that ended a deadly bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco.

    45 SEC
  • War on Rats Digital Short
    Plague at the Golden Gate | Digital Short

    War on Rats

    In 1900, the first case of bubonic plague to ever be confirmed in North America was diagnosed in San Francisco. Scientists did not understand how the disease was transmitted but had long theorized that rats played a role.

    1 MIN 41 SEC
  • Dr. Joseph Kinyoun Digital Short
    Plague at the Golden Gate | Digital Short

    Dr. Joseph Kinyoun

    Dr. Joseph Kinyoun was a leader in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases in America. He created the Hygienic Laboratory, the nation’s first federal laboratory of medical bacteriology which later became the National Institutes of Health.

    44 SEC
  • Big Dams of the American West Digital Short
    Flood in the Desert | Digital Short

    Big Dams of the American West

    Beginning in the 1930s, large dams were built on important watersheds of the Columbia, Missouri, Colorado, and Sacramento River basins.

    1 MIN 48 SEC
  • William Mulholland Digital Short
    Flood in the Desert | Digital Short

    William Mulholland

    In 1922, William Mulholland began building the St. Francis Dam to create a reservoir for the Los Angeles–Owens River aqueduct.

    52 SEC
  • Reframing The March on Washington Digital Short
    The American Diplomat | Digital Short

    Reframing The March on Washington

    In August 1963, Edward R. Murrow, head of the United States Information Agency, began producing a documentary about the upcoming March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But as the project neared completion, Murrow was losing a battle with cancer. President Lyndon B. Johnson tasked a groundbreaking diplomat, Carl Rowan, with seeing the project through.

    9 MIN 46 SEC
  • Black Cowboys on the Silver Screen Digital Short
    Riveted: The History of Jeans | Digital Short

    Black Cowboys on the Silver Screen

    Take a minute and picture the cowboy. He’s got on his hat and boots, maybe a gun on each hip, and, of course, his well-worn blue jeans. 

    6 MIN 39 SEC
  • Terence Todman Digital Short
    The American Diplomat | Digital Short

    Terence Todman

    Terence Todman’s diplomatic career spanned four decades: he was a U.S. ambassador to six nations and achieved the prestigious rank of career ambassador.

    50 SEC
  • Carl Rowan Digital Short
    The American Diplomat | Digital Short

    Carl Rowan

    Carl Rowan was one of the highest-ranking African Americans in the history of the State Department during the 20th century.

    50 SEC
  • Edward Dudley Digital Short
    The American Diplomat | Digital Short

    Edward Dudley

    Edward Dudley was the first African American to serve as a United States Ambassador.

    50 SEC
  • Origins of Denim Digital Short
    Riveted: The History of Jeans | Digital Short

    Origins of Denim

    Denim is the quintessential American fabric. Yet its possible origins are spread across the globe.

    53 SEC