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.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.