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 black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
The founding father laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the banking system and Wall Street.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.