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Panama Canal
On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, fifteen years earlier, the French had failed disastrously. But the U.S. paid a price for victory: a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars — the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time — and the loss of more than 5,000 lives.
Along the way, Central America witnessed the brazen overthrow of a sovereign government, the influx of over 55,000 workers from around the globe, the removal of hundreds of millions of tons of earth, and engineering innovation on an unprecedented scale. The construction of the Canal was the epitome of man’s mastery over nature and signaled the beginning of America’s domination of world affairs.

DIRECTOR

Stephen Ives


PRODUCER

Amanda Pollak


EDITOR

George O'Donnell


NARRATOR

Michael Murphy


ORIGINAL SCORE

Peter Rundquist


In association with American Experience


BROADCASTER

PBS American Experience

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RUN TIME

01 hour 23 minutes


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