In Rochester, New York, the last stop on the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass published abolitionist newspaper "The North Star," naming it after the icon followed by so many escaping slaves on their quest to freedom.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.