After moving to Brunswick, Maine, Harriet Beecher Stowe was deeply disturbed by the Fugitive Slave Act. In March 1852, Stowe's novel about the evils of slavery sold 10,000 copies in its first week. It is the most popular book and the most influential book in American history.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.