A peek at the first chapter of The Abolitionists, Part 2, premiering January 15, 2013, 9pm on PBS.
The converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.