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WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Mark Samels (Project Director: February 2009 to December 2017)
American Experience: Panama Canal

Production of a two-hour documentary on the history of the construction of the Panama Canal for PBS's American Experience.

This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for funds to support the production of Panama Canal, a two-hour special presentation of American Experience, for national broadcast on PBS. Focusing primarily on the decade-long American construction effort, it places the American Canal against the backdrop of the calamitous French effort that preceded and haunted it. It traces the roots of the American commitment to a trans-Isthmian canal in Theodore Roosevelt's expansionist vision of American power, and shows how advances in public health, technology and engineering made it possible for the Americans to succeed where the French had failed. It examines how the leadership of the canal dealt with the challenges of recruiting and managing an immense and diverse work force,and explores the risks borne by workers building one of the planets most remarkable structures in one of the most hostile environments on earth.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2009 – 9/30/2010