By the 1850s, America's busiest ports were in New England, many with dozens of whale ships embarking on hunting expeditions every week.
America's west coast was also home to hundreds of whale ships. Pacific voyages departed from San Francisco, California and Honolulu and Lahaina, Hawaii with the greatest regularity.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
President Theodore Roosevelt was caught in the middle of the first major battle for wilderness preservation in Yosemite National Park.