Long before he became a Congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank volunteered for the Freedom Summer project in 1964. As a teenager in New Jersey, Frank had been deeply affected by the murder of Emmett Till, and Frank became aware of how ingrained racism was in society. He went to Mississippi because he "couldn't justify not going." Freedom Summer premieres June 24, 2014.
The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.