Like everything else about General George Custer, his martyrdom was shrouded in controversy and contradictions. The final act of his larger-than-life career played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. In the end, his death would launch one of the greatest myths in American history.
Part of the Wild West collection, Custer's Last Stand premieres on American Experience January 17, 2012.
The story of Liliu'okalani, the last queen and ruler of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii.
The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.