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Panama Canal: Gateway to the American Century

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On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. This film, using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers, and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal Zone, unravels the remarkable story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Workers Build the Panama Canal ca. 1900s: Part 1

The 1900 Hay-Pauncefote Treaty authorized construction of a U.S.-controlled canal through Central America, which would drastically reduce travel time between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. To build the canal, workers used specially-adapted equipment that had originally been designed for the railroad industry. Construction of the Panama Canal began in 1904 and was completed ten years later.
Online
2007; 1900
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Workers Build the Panama Canal ca. 1900s: Part 2

The Panama Canal was built to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, eliminating the need for ships to sail around the southern tip of South America. Conditions on the construction site were hazardous. Workers used dynamite to blast away rock, which was then hauled away by railcars. Mudslides and tropical diseases such as malaria felled thousands of workers during the 10-year construction period.
Online
2007; 1900
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President Carter Returns the Panama Canal to Panama ca. 1977

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian president Omar Torrijos signed the Panama Canal Treaties, which granted control of the Panama Canal to Panama. Critics of the move accused Carter of relinquishing a key defense position to an increasingly leftist Latin America.
Online
2007; 1977
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Extreme Engineering: Widening the Panama Canal Tunneling Under the Alps / Produced and Directed by Jackie Mow ; Written by Jackie Mow, Ed Fields, Alan Lindgren. Produced by Powderhouse Productions for Discovery Channel

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Widening the Panama Canal: For almost a century, one of the world's most important waterways has let ships make a commercially critical shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But many of today's ships are too big for the man-made canal. Can it be widened?; Tunneling under the Alps: In Switzerland, engineers have embarked on one of the boldest projects in history--a 35 mile-long tunnel cutting through the heart of the Swiss Alps--to redirect the crush of Europe's traffic and cargo.
DVD
2006; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Expedition Panama [electronic resource]

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Explores the tropical island of Barro Colorado, the Panama Canal, wildlife, agriculture, and foods of Panama.
Online
2005; 1997
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A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama

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Explore the mind boggling construction of the Panama Canal through historic film footage, rare archival photographs, and insightful narration from David McCullough.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Marie Galante

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A young French woman, stranded in the Panama Canal Zone, becomes involved in an international plot to destroy the canal.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Big Ditch

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When, after 85 years, the U.S. turned over the Panama Canal to the government of Panama, an era ended in U.S./ Latin American affairs. This short film outlines this fascinating chapter of history, from the leasing of the land by Teddy Roosevelt for $10,000, to the ill-fated attempt by De Lesseps who engineered the Suez Canal, to the conquest of malaria, and the ten years of back-breaking work to complete the canal by a crew of 24,000. The colony on the 230,000 acres on either side of the majestic waterway had its own governor, police force and stores. The American withdrawal signaled the biggest transfer of real estate in the hemisphere. It was to affect the lives of American servicemen and their families, many of whom had become accustomed to the comforts of life there. Most Panaman [...]
Online
2001
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The Tailor of Panama

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Harry, an ex-con turned tailor to the rich and infamous, is married to Louisa, who is smart and sexy. Andy is a suave and ruthless British spy, who had best come through this time, who forces Harry to eavesdrop on the powerful politicians he clothes. Harry's talent for storytelling is not only taken as truth, but sets off a series of events that threatens to destroy everything most important in his life.
DVD
2001; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Expedition Panama

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Explores the tropical island of Barro Colorado, the Panama Canal, wildlife, agriculture, and foods of Panama.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Panama Canal

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An historical documentary of the formidable wonder, including ingenuity and enterprise behind its construction.
Online
1994
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Panama Canal

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The French began construction on the Panama Canal in 1880, but abandoned the project after nine years and a loss of 20,000 lives. The United States took over the project and completed it on January 7, 1914. This historical account of its construction examines the ingenuity and enterprise that went into making it one of the 20th-century's engineering wonders.
VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
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Giving Up the Canal

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Documentary concerning the Panama Canal. Discusses the capability of Panama to govern and protect itself and the Panama Canal as well as the United States respecting the sovereignty of Panama and giving up the canal.
VHS
1991; 1990
Ivy (By Request)
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A Man, a Plan, a Canal: Panama

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A documentary of the civil engineering, planning and construction of the Panama canal.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Time Lapsed Pictures of the Panama Canal, ca. 1980

Time Lapse of Panama Canal Locks, narration describes improvements made to canal in modern years
Online
1980
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Canal Zone

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A documentary showing the routine activities of the people who live and work in the Panama Canal Zone. Focuses on the operations of the Panama Canal and the various governmental agencies related to the canal as well as the lives of Americans in the zone.
VHS
1977
Ivy (By Request)