Many Americans spent the 1920s in a great mood. Investors flocked to a rising stock market. Companies launched brand-new, cutting-edge products, like radios and washing machines. Exuberant Americans kicked up their heels to jazz music, tried crazy stunts, and supported a black market in liquor after Prohibition. A popular expression of the time asked, “What will they think of next?”
Browse some photographs from “the age of permanent prosperity.”
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.