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.
Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.