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Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama, A

Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama, A

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60 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
A 30-year dream. A 50-mile shortcut. A timeless achievement.

A 50-mile shortcut to the Pacific lying just north of the equator is one of the most extraordinary human achievements ever. The building of the Panama Canal was a massive feat of engineering and ingenuity that cost millions of dollars and thousands of lives. NOVA offers a unique opportunity to explore the mind-boggling undertaking through historic film footage, rare archival photographs and insightful narration from author David McCullough.

Get an unprecedented look at the Canal's dangerous 30-year construction and wondrous present-day operation. Meet the persevering pioneers whose vision and determination overcame tremendous physical--and fiscal--obstacles. Understand why France abandoned the project after ten years and 20,000 deaths. Work alongside the builders who turned a fantastic dream into a fascinating reality. See immense steamshovels carve the earth. View the amazing "water elevators" that lift huge vessels 85 feet. Watch high-speed photography capture a lock passage. And much more!

Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; and closed captions.

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