George Latimer arrived in Boston in the fall of 1842, only to be thrown in jail at the request of a Virginia planter. Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison rallied other local abolitionists to call for Latimer's freedom. It worked, and within months Massachusetts passed the Personal Liberty Act, which would soon have nationwide ramifications.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
This acclaimed 14-hour series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985, tracing African Americans' struggle for equality and justice.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The Freedom Summer of 1964 saw whites and blacks coming together in a nonviolent army to bring national attention to the struggle for racial equality.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.