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.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
A portrait of JFK and his brother Robert as they confront Alabama governor George Wallace over segregation.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The Freedom Summer of 1964 saw whites and blacks coming together in a nonviolent army to bring national attention to the struggle for racial equality.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.