Author Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder) talked with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in March, 2010 about his newest book, Hellhound on His Trail, an intense narrative recounting the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international manhunt for his killer, James Earl Ray.
Roads to Memphis was produced in parallel with Hellhound on His Trail.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.