To fully appreciate the magnitude of the accomplishment, you must conceive of the state of scientific knowledge and status of technology and engineering at the turn of the Twentieth Century. In context, the construction of the Panama Canal was the most amazing accomplishment of man up to that time. In this class you will learn of the efforts of the French, intricacies of diplomacy, the break throughs in medical knowledge, the developments in engineering and above all, the triumph of men who willed it to happen. The Panama Canal is a monument to the tenacity of Theodore Roosevelt and the men he selected and supported in making it happen. This monstrous project was completed ahead of schedule, involved no evidence of graft or corruption and the superbly designed and constructed locks performed perfectly the first time!