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.
Cuba's Communist leader defied the odds, surviving his Soviet benefactors, the wrath of U.S. presidents, two diplomatic crises and assassination attempts.
In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.