Radium used to be an ingredient in face creams. Thallium was in depilatory lotions. Arsenic was in rat poison -- until relatively recently! What products have you come across that include surprising ingredients? Share your story with American Experience.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
A marvel of engineering, architecture, and vision, the story of the Beaux Arts structure on 42nd street that forever changed midtown Manhattan.
What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.