The teenagers riding the rails during the Great Depression accounted for 1/16 (250,000) of a jobless army that numbered four million. These itinerants crisscrossed the U.S. on the Pennsylvania, Atchison, Great Northern, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific railroads, as well as other vast rail networks.
In 1932, Southern Pacific agents ejected 683,457 trespassers from the company's trains. The price of trespassing on the rails was high: The Interstate Commerce Commission recorded 5,962 trespassers killed and injured in the first 10 months of 1932.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.