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 stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.