Season 17, Episode 7 The Great Transatlantic Cable

First Aired: April 11, 2005

Cyrus Field's struggle to lay telegraph cables across the Atlantic in the 1850s and '60s is chronicled. When Field finally succeeded, in 1866, it marked “the annihilation of space and time, ” says historian David Czitrom. But the 13-year effort---recalled here in re-creations and comments from historians and engineers---included many false starts and one spectacular failure. Still, says Czitrom, “he never let up.”

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

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