For 10 weeks during the summer of 1964, over 700 students from the North joined activists on the ground for a massive effort that accomplished what had been impossible so far: force the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and massive injustice taking place in Mississippi. Freedom Summer premieres on PBS American Experience on June 24, 2014.
The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.