A peek at the first chapter of The Abolitionists, Part 1, premiering January 8, 2013, 9pm on PBS.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.