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 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.
The black residents of Tulsa relive their community's remarkable rise and tragic decline.
A writer's childhood and the development of her photography and writing about the American South.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
A biography of the last outlaws of the American Wild West
An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.