Fannie Lou Hamer helped fight for better representation among Mississippi Democrats in 1964. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York City asked for compromise. He didn't know who Fannie Lou Hamer was. Watch "Freedom Summer" on American Experience PBS on June 24, 2014.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.
In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.