AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World
Air Date: 
Tuesday, Mar 20th - 7:00pm
Episode Title: 
Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World

For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world — powering the start of the industrial revolution and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean, opened new seaways and markets, employed the world's most multi-cultural workforce and shrunk the globe by bringing once remote reaches of the Earth into contact as never before — all the while capturing the American imagination. As Americans now see fortunes rise and fall on the global energy and consumer markets, the rapid commoditization of whales and the sharp decline of the whaling industry serve as a stark reminder of the volatility of the global marketplace.

Visit the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website on PBS.org

Now Shipping - sherlock Season 3 @ ShopPBS.org. Order Now!

Online Membership PBS Logo 125X125 More Ways to Support WCTE

WCTE depends upon the support of our membership to produce and broadcast quality programming like this. Please help us continue this 30+ year tradition of community involvement by contributing to WCTE today.

share