"I thought I was joining for life. I thought this is what I'm going to do." Watch more of Jan's story, and others who have left the Amish community, in "The Amish: Shunned," premiering February 4th, 2014 on PBS.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.