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The great Transatlantic cable

Author: David R AxelrodPeter JonesLinda HuntKate AmendBrian McDairmantAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the middle of the 19th-century, a network of telegraph poles strung across America had changed the way the country did business. But communicating with Europe was another matter. Messages to London were sent aboard sailing ships, taking up to several weeks to reach their destination. Though the need for a transatlantic cable was obvious, the physical challenges to laying one were enormous. However, Cyrus Field,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational television programs
Documentary television programs
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2005.
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David R Axelrod; Peter Jones; Linda Hunt; Kate Amend; Brian McDairmant; Nathan Wang; Green Umbrella Ltd.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 783171337
Notes: Streaming video file.
Originally broadcast as part of the American Experience series on PBS in 2005.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
Credits: Editor, Kate Amend ; director of photography, Brian McDairmant ; music, Nathan Wang.
Performer(s): Narrated by Linda Hunt.
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 video file (ca. 55 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Contents: Sponsors & Credits: The Great Transatlantic Cable (1:39) --
Cyrus Field's Vision (1:28) --
Audacious Project (1:44) --
Promoting the Telegraph (1:42) --
Connecting America (1:58) --
Industrial Age Millionaire (1:51) --
Great Circle Route (2:41) --
Investment and Incorporation (2:45) --
Running Out of Money (1:28) --
Field's Promise to Investors (2:46) --
Chief Electrician (2:04) --
Government Involvement (1:19) --
USS Niagara (2:02) --
Laying the Transatlantic Cable (1:53) --
Crisis Aboard the USS Niagara (2:32) --
"The Cable is Laid" (2:30) --
Transatlantic Cable Failure (1:55) --
Cyrus Field's Reputation Ruined (1:53) --
Board of Inquiry Summons Fields (2:11) --
Mirror Galvanometer (1:10) --
Field Goes to Britain to Raise Money (1:30) --
The Great Eastern (2:52) --
Ireland to Newfoundland (2:30) --
Another Cable Crisis (2:24) --
Cable Connected to North American Grid (2:06) --
Cyrus Fields' Legacy (1:55) --
Additional Resources, Sponsors & Credits: The Great Transatlantic Cable (2:25).
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: written and produced by David Axelrod ; directed by Peter Jones ; a Green Umbrella film for American Experience.

Abstract:

By the middle of the 19th-century, a network of telegraph poles strung across America had changed the way the country did business. But communicating with Europe was another matter. Messages to London were sent aboard sailing ships, taking up to several weeks to reach their destination. Though the need for a transatlantic cable was obvious, the physical challenges to laying one were enormous. However, Cyrus Field, an energetic paper manufacturer was up for the challenge. The Great Transatlantic Cable, from the PBS American Experience collection, explores the production of a 2,000 mile long cable, laid three miles beneath the Atlantic. It took twelve years of cajoling investors, several abortive attempts to lay the cable, and millions of wasted dollars--but Field wouldn't give up. He and his team finally succeeded on July 27, 1866. Since that day, almost 140 years ago, the link has never been broken.
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