A peek at the first chapter of The Abolitionists, Part 1, premiering January 8, 2013, 9pm on PBS.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
Creating Miami Beach from a narrow spit of Florida swampland, Carl Fisher made a fortune until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 wiped him out.
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.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.