"They became the closest thing to being a part of the black community as anybody can be because they had no choice." Watch "Freedom Summer" premiering June 24, 2014 on American Experience PBS.
A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.