The Mariana Islands are located 1,500 miles from Japan in the Central Pacific. In 1944 this proximity made them strategically important to the U.S. war effort. The U.S. Army Air Forces wanted to use the islands as launching pads for B-29 bomber attacks on Japanese targets. The islands were also crucial for the Japanese, who had 30,000 troops stationed on the island of Saipan to stop the American advance.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
An American Communist family that had fled to Moscow in the late 1920s, return to America in 1935 but can not bring their 5-year-old son.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.