Julius Lester was teaching guitar and performing as a folk singer in New York City when he decided to go to Mississippi during Freedom Summer. Lester tells of his role in energizing the people gathered at those meetings and setting the stage for the organizers who called the crowds to action. He also reflects on the ever-present danger for participants. Freedom Summer premiers June 24, 2014.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.