American Experience presents Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World which premieres Monday, May 10 at 9 p.m. and Connecticut and the Sea airs Monday, May 24 at 9 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)
The country’s shores once provided one of the most prosperous aspects of the economy, and it was more true in Connecticut and New England than most anywhere else. In the 1840s, the whaling industry generated profits of $11 million dollars a year. Join CPTV in celebrating the area’s influential and fascinating maritime history with two specials in May: one, a new national premiere and the other, a classic CPTV Original.
On Monday, May 10 at 9 p.m. on CPTV, The American Experience presents Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature. Award-winning film maker Ric Burns tells the story of three centuries of American whaling and the unique relationship between American whalers and the giant creatures they hunted. As Burns says, “the epic story of whaling is intimately bound up with the story of America, in strange and telling ways: as a case study in maritime culture at its most extreme – as a dark and shining parable of American capitalism on the rise – and as an allegory for the American, and the human experience – long before a would-be writer named Herman Melville ever went to sea.” Filmmaker Ric Burns spent many hours filming and doing research at Connecticut’s own Mystic Seaport.
On Monday, May 24 at 9 p.m., CPTV airs Connecticut and the Sea, part of The Connecticut Experience series co-produced by CPTV and the Connecticut Humanities Council in association with Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. Originally produced in 2000 and narrated by legendary broadcast journalist and sailing enthusiast Walter Cronkite, this documentary takes a sweeping look at the many different ways that the sea has influenced Connecticut’s history, economy and culture. Connecticut and the Seabegins with the Native American perspective in the years before European settlement and follows the rapid growth in the 19th century of Connecticut’s port cities and the industries of shipbuilding, fishing and coastal commerce. Produced, written and directed by Kenneth A. Simon, the program then delves into the 20th century when the submarine industry burgeoned and subsequently waned. Now tourism has become more important to the shoreline economy – and Connecticut researchers are exploring ways that people may someday be able to live on the ocean floor.
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