Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.