Abolitionist activists Angelina Grimke and Theodore Weld declared their love for one another and got married in 1838. Both a black and a white minister officiated and mixed-race guests intermingled freely. News of the event caused a stir in Philadelphia.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.
Creating Miami Beach from a narrow spit of Florida swampland, Carl Fisher made a fortune until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 wiped him out.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.