• American Experience -- S15: Cape Horn
    S15: Cape Horn
    To get the railroad line across Cape Horn -- 1,300 feet above the valley floor ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Building a Railroad in the Desert
    S15: Building a Railroad in the Desert
    Railroad workers had to lay track across a 40 mile stretch of Nevada desert. In ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Tunneling and Tracklaying
    S15: Tunneling and Tracklaying
    While tunnels were being dug through the limestone and quartzite mountains of ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Moving Equipment for the Transcontinental Railroad
    S15: Moving Equipment for the ...
    Speed was not easy for the Central Pacific. Much of the materials needed to ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Central Pacific Workmanship
    S15: Central Pacific Workmanship
    The Central Pacific prided itself on its workmanship.
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  • American Experience -- S15: Liquid Nitroglycerin and the Transcontinental Railroad
    S15: Liquid Nitroglycerin and the ...
    The Central Pacific's best hope was a dangerous gamble: liquid nitroglycerin. ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Summit Tunnel
    S15: Summit Tunnel
    In the fall of 1866, as the Central Pacific completed its track to Cisco, 92 ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Grading on the Transcontinental Railroad
    S15: Grading on the Transcontinental ...
    Grading was the most difficult job during construction of the Transcontinental ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: The Task Ahead
    S15: The Task Ahead
    Engineer Theodore Judah solved the great riddle of the Pacific Railroad when he ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Emmett Till, a Sacrificial Lamb
    S15: Emmett Till, a Sacrificial Lamb
    No one ever did time for the killing of Emmett Till, a fourteen year old black ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: No Justice for Emmett Till?
    S15: No Justice for Emmett Till?
    The trial of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant for the murder of Emmett Till ended just ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Lynching in Mississippi
    S15: Lynching in Mississippi
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Lynching was a danger African-American men faced ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: The World Learns of Emmett Till
    S15: The World Learns of Emmett Till
    50,000 people in Chicago saw Emmett Till's corpse with their own eyes. Photos of ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Jim Crow in Mississippi
    S15: Jim Crow in Mississippi
    An excerpt from a 1960 film by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, an ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: The Great Migration: From Mississippi to Chicago
    S15: The Great Migration: From ...
    Hundreds of thousands of black people fled Mississippi for Chicago in the years ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Emmett Till's Funeral
    S15: Emmett Till's Funeral
    At a church on the South side of Chicago, thousands paid tribute to Emmett Till ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: The Kidnapping of Emmett Till
    S15: The Kidnapping of Emmett Till
    Emmett Till's great-uncle and cousin remember the night he was taken; it was a ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Elevating the City
    S15: Elevating the City
    In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Chicago's Grain Elevators
    S15: Chicago's Grain Elevators
    Although the grain elevator was invented in Buffalo, the grain elevator system ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: Reversing the River
    S15: Reversing the River
    By the mid-19th century, Chicago was a growing city encountering problems with ...
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  • American Experience -- S15: A New Water System for Chicago
    S15: A New Water System for Chicago
    In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage ...
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