The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases like smallpox and typhoid. People tried everything to avoid getting the virus — from gargling with mouthwash to wearing masks — but it was not until years after the pandemic was over that scientists made any real breakthroughs.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.