John Brown put little stock in the idea of abolition through peaceful means. In 1855, he gathered his arsenal and left his home for the slave state of Kansas where he would begin his bloody struggle.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.