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.
Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
Of all the alphabet agencies of the New Deal, none captured the public's imagination like J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
Ten years after American troops arrived in South Vietnam, communists seized Saigon in an attack that brought the war to a startling conclusion.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.