In the mid-twentieth century, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (the predecessor to today’s March of Dimes) pioneered a new approach to philanthropy, raising money a dime at a time from millions of small donors. The nonprofit enlisted poster children, celebrities, presidents, and other partners in their high-profile campaigns.
By 1954, the National Foundation was the nation’s leading health charity, capturing nearly half of all charitable donations to those causes. However, with 100,000 cases per year, polio was a smaller public health threat than tuberculosis, heart disease, cancer, cerebal palsy, or muscular dystrophy.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
This film follows the 65 "British soldiers" and 67 "American rebels" who reenact the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
When two passenger ships collide off Nantucket in 1909, 1,500 people rely on 26-year-old Jack Binns to operate a new technology - wireless telegraphy - to save them all.