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 African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
In 1936, GM and Ford could not stop one of the worst battles of the American labor movement.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.