"People in the movement were willing to die, but we didn't want to die in obscurity. So if we brought in students, their colleges, their parents would focus on Mississippi." Watch "Freedom Summer" on American Experience PBS on June 24, 2014.
In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican American man ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles, ultimately sparking brutal race riots.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.