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.
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Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
Joseph Goebbels, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's success.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
A nostalgic and humorous look at how old world Chicago lives side by side with the new.
The quick battle with no white survivors that pitted Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse against General George Custer, told from both sides.