Often called “the first First Lady,” Dolley Madison defined the role of the President’s wife and hostess. With her behind-the-scenes influence on political policy and her expansion of the expected role of the First Lady, Dolley Madison was one woman among many who broke new ground in the White House. Browse this gallery of other first ladies.
After the stock market crashed in 1929, thousands suffered unemployment and poverty in the Great Depression.
The story of Liliu'okalani, the last queen and ruler of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.