The Mariana Islands are located 1,500 miles from Japan in the Central Pacific. In 1944 this proximity made them strategically important to the U.S. war effort. The U.S. Army Air Forces wanted to use the islands as launching pads for B-29 bomber attacks on Japanese targets. The islands were also crucial for the Japanese, who had 30,000 troops stationed on the island of Saipan to stop the American advance.
Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.
Two days in 1967 revealed a nation divided over a war that continues to haunt us.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.