Science and the military converged under a cloak of secrecy at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As part of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos — both its very existence and the work that went on there — was kept from Americans during World War II.
Many of the thousands of scientists on the project were not officially aware of what they were working on. Though they were not permitted to talk to anyone about their work, including each other, by 1945 some had figured out that they were in fact building an atomic bomb.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
A nation comes of age
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?