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.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
An updated look at the Alabama tenant farmer families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
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.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.