"I wish to become an active participant rather than a passive onlooker. As my husband and I are in close agreement as to our philosophy in the Civil Rights struggle, I wish to work near him in whatever capacity I may be most useful." Watch "Freedom Summer" on American Experience PBS on June 24, 2014.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Accused by a janitor, a respected Harvard professor was hanged for the murder of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, in 1849.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.