"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.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
John Scopes' free speech trial pitted science against religion after the teacher presented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee school.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
The history of New York City and the people and forces that have shaped it over the past 400 years is told in a seven-part 14.5-hour series.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
The true story behind the most romanticized, infamous outlaw couple in U.S. history and their gang.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.