The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made the hunting down of escaped slaves, even in free states, fully legal. To abolitionists, this represented a huge blow to their efforts. Not only had the federal government endorsed slavery, but it had also committed to preserving the institution indefinitely.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West