In 1964, a group of civil rights organizations hosted the Mississippi Summer Project, a campaign that would later become known as "Freedom Summer." "It is very important to me that I play my role in civil rights for the U.S. and most of all for myself," wrote one volunteer. "Freedom Summer" premieres on American Experience PBS on June 24 at 9/8c.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
The history of New York City and the people and forces that have shaped it over the past 400 years is told in a seven-part 14.5-hour series.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.