Fannie Lou Hamer stood up and challenged the movement. After registering to vote, she and 17 others were arrested, and she had to leave her home and her job. Of "the people of Mississippi, the Negroes," she said, "We are not satisfied and we haven't been satisfied a long time." Watch "Freedom Summer" on American Experience PBS on June 24, 2014.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.