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.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
American comandante William Morgan went to Cuba to help Fidel Castro return the country to a democracy. Instead, four years later, he was executed.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The true story behind the most romanticized, infamous outlaw couple in U.S. history and their gang.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.