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.
P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.