"And then looking up and seeing Ben Chaney. James Chaney's little brother. I lost it. I totally just lost it." "Freedom Summer" premieres June 24, 2014 on PBS.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
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.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.