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.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.
The life of the president who saw himself as the heroic defender of the "shining city on a hill." Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
Before he became the first U.S. president, service to the colonies would profoundly change George Washington.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.