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 country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
A sensational story of power, class, and revenge in New York City when Harry Thaw murdered Stanford White over showgirl Evelyn Nesbit.