On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global power. American ingenuity and innovation — some of it supplied by individuals with Kansas City ties — had succeeded where, a few years earlier, the French had disastrously failed, stymied by disease, weather, and geography.
The story of this monumental undertaking — the visionaries who pushed for it and nameless laborers who made it happen 100 years ago — is explored in this documentary that first aired in 2011. The screening previews a new exhibit, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal, opening at the Linda Hall Library on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Co-presented by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Linda Hall Library, and the Truman Library Institute.