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 historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
The black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
The evolution of rhythm and blues through the careers of singers Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, with contemporary performances by both.