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.
This acclaimed 14-hour series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985, tracing African Americans' struggle for equality and justice.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.