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American Experience
Building the Alaska Highway
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In May 1942, across the rugged sub-Arctic wilderness of Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon Territory, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken. For eight months, they endured ice, snow and bitter cold; battled mud, muskeg and mosquitoes; bridged raging rivers; graded lofty peaks; and cut pathways through primeval forests to push a 1,520-mile road across one of the world's harshest landscapes. Produced by Randy MacLowry ("A Brilliant Madness") and Tracy Strain.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Building the Alaska Highway,” 12/01/2004, GBH Archives, accessed February 27, 2024,
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