Ladies' fashions in the early 1900s mixed opulence with practicality, as evidenced in the popularity of the shirtwaist, worn by increasing numbers of women entering the American workforce. In this gallery, pricey fabrics and large hats juxtapose with the harsh conditions of the factories in which the garments were made. Immigrant laborers often worked 14-hour days for less than $2 a day.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.