Watch Chapter 1 of JFK Part 1. By the time he came of age, John Fitzgerald Kennedy inhabited a world of special exemption: the family estate in suburban New York, the summer compound in Hyannis Port, the winter retreat in Palm Beach. The story of his family's heroic multi-generational rise from the want of Irish famine might well have been a misty old folktale. The past was not the point in the Kennedy household.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
The remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, Robert F. Kennedy.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.