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Triumph of Panama Canal came with dangerous costs

  • Aired: 08/15/2014
  • 03:54
  • Expires: 09/14/2014
  • Rating: NR
A century ago, the Panama Canal -- an enormous engineering feat that grew American commerce and transformed global trade -- was completed. But the waterway’s history is complicated, filled with its share of fatalities and political tensions. Gwen Ifill looks back on the development of the canal, the boost it gave U.S. economic power and plans to expand.
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