During the Great Depression in the 1930s, Americans worried when their radio programs were interrupted by special news bulletins.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.