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.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The story of the Mexican American miners whose labor battles shaped the course of Arizona history.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.