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.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.