Skip to main content
- Main contributors:
- Teaching Film Custodians
- Teaching Film Custodians abridged classroom version of a Cavalcade of America television episode, "The Great Gamble" (season 3, episode 1), which first aired October 12th, 1954 on ABC-TV. Presents the work of Cyrus W. Field in organizing and directing the project to establish a system of rapid communications between Europe and America by means of the Trans Atlantic Cable, and his courageous perseverance to succeed in spite of several unsuccessful attempts.
- Focuses on Carl Schurz, a young student who joined an unsuccessful revolt against the tyranny of the King of Prussia, escaped from Prussian soldiers, and emigrated to American. Explains that Schurz became a general in the Union Army during the Civil War, a successful journalist, and an advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt.