Premiering January 8, 15 & 22 on PBS. Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.