"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.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
A look at five real-life "Rosies," the reality of working in defense plants during World War II and then having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
The Freedom Summer of 1964 saw whites and blacks coming together in a nonviolent army to bring national attention to the struggle for racial equality.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
In 1967, thousands of hippies flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.