By the time of the "War of the Worlds" broadcast in 1938, U.S. citizens had been suffering through the Great Depression for nearly ten years. In his 1933 inaugural address, FDR recognized that the dominant mood of the country in the 1930s was not anger or resentment at the capitalist system but in fact was shame and fear.
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.