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.
President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated a secret diplomatic breakthrough with Mao Tse-tung that shocked and changed the world.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West
Creating Miami Beach from a narrow spit of Florida swampland, Carl Fisher made a fortune until a devastating hurricane and the stock market crash of 1929 wiped him out.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
A biography of the 41st U.S. president, from his service in WWII to his days in the Oval Office. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
A look at the poor Scottish emigrant boy who built a fortune in telegraphy, railroads and steel, and then began systematically to give it all away.