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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Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
A six-hour series on how the West was lost and won, from the Gold Rush in 1848 until Wounded Knee in 1893.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.