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.
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.
A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.