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.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.