A wave of new technologies brought about sweeping changes in the nation's economy. From agricultural devices like the cotton gin and the mechanical reaper to communication improvements like steamboats and the telegraph, these innovations changed the way Americans worked, traveled, and communicated. New tools even altered the way Americans lived and died; the efficient Sharps rifle was invented just two years after the first successful use of anesthesia in a Boston surgical theater.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West
The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.