At six years old, Frederick Douglass had just begun his life as a slave when he witnessed his aunt get beaten brutally by her master. "It was the bloodstained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery," he would later write.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
Creating Miami Beach from a narrow spit of Florida swampland, Carl Fisher made a fortune until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 wiped him out.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.