American Experience

Grand Coulee Dam

Season 24 Episode 6 | 52m 5s

Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.

Aired: 04/02/12

Expires: 04/17/20

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

For Season 24 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional funding for Grand Coulee Dam provided by The Kendeda Fund.