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.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
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.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.