An 1849 Cholera outbreak in Cincinnati claims Harriet Beecher Stowe's beloved son Charlie. "I learned what a poor slave mother may feel when her child is torn away from her." Stowe would go on to write Uncle Tom's Cabin a few years later from her new home in Brunswick, Maine.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.