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TR-50066-10Public Programs: America's Media Makers: Production GrantsWGBH Educational FoundationAmerican Experience: Panama Canal9/1/2009 - 9/30/2010$450,000.00Mark Samels   WGBH Educational FoundationBostonMA02135-2016USA2009U.S. HistoryAmerica's Media Makers: Production GrantsPublic Programs300000150000300000150000

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.