After the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, the abolition of slavery takes on a new urgency for formerly enslaved people. Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison no longer see eye to eye, and they have a falling out. "Douglass has had that experience. Garrison is a white man in a white man's America."
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
Cuba's Communist leader defied the odds, surviving his Soviet benefactors, the wrath of U.S. presidents, two diplomatic crises and assassination attempts.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.