In 1859 John Brown seized a federal armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, but failed to incite a revolution. Authorities found a link between Brown and Frederick Douglass.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
A look at JFK's assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald and the subsequent investigations that lead to a widespread loss of trust in government institutions.
A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.