The American Civil War was the first major conflict that was photographed extensively, bringing shocking and often horrific images to the front pages and into people's living rooms. Photography was extremely popular in the US at the time, and many photographers did not hold back from snapping even the most graphic of post-battle images to illustrate the horrors of war. Original captions were often scrawled below or on the backs of photos - you can read a few here in quotes.
Several of the images in this gallery are graphic in nature and may be disturbing.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
From Reconstruction to the 1960s, this film offers a portrait of New Orleans that reflects the best and the worst in America.
in 1931, Grace Hubbard Fortescue received a one-hour sentence for murdering a local Hawaiian accused of raping her daughter.
A minute-by-minute account, on both sides of the Pacific, leading up to the surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.