In September of 1838, Frederick Douglass traveled to Nantucket to hear the publisher of Boston's "The Liberator" abolitionist newspaper, William Lloyd Garrison, speak. After hearing Douglass tell his story, Garrison realized he had found the man he had been looking for. Garrison approached Douglass with a proposition.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.