Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.