A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.