American Experience

Season 5 Episode 4

The Johnstown Flood

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 1992 on PBS
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The Johnstown Flood
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Documentary of the 1889 disaster caused by a broken dam.

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      • Though often considered a "natural" disaster, the Conemaugh Dam broke primarily because of faulty maintenance and the fact that the man-made lake behind it had been allowed to swell to unsafe heights for strictly recreational purposes.

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      • This episode is an expanded version of an Academy Award-winning documentary made by Guggenheim and his wife Grace in 1989. Much of the film is adapted from David McCullough's 1968 book The Johnstown Flood.

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