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.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
The story of the Mexican American miners whose labor battles shaped the course of Arizona history.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
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.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.