American Experience: The Great Transatlantic Cable
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: April 26, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Pbs (Direct)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
It might be difficult for modern citizens accustomed to lightning-quick information technology to realize the significance of the first transatlantic telephone cable. Up until then, communication between Europe and North America took at least one week--the most infamous example being the bloody Battle of New Orleans, which was fought two weeks after the end of the War of 1812 due to delayed news of the peace treaty. In 1845, American inventor Cyrus Field conceived of a way to speed the relay of communication between the two continents with a 2000-mile long telephone cable laid three miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. But from its inception in 1851, the project presented a host of technological problems--ranging from the construction of materials to the laying of cable and damage from high voltage--before its final completion between Ireland and Newfoundland in 1866. PBS documents the amazing story of this technological achievement in THE GREAT TRANSATLANTIC CABLE, a special episode of PBS' AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series.
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