In 1881, 25 men led by Adolphus Greely set sail from Newfoundland to Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world’s surface that had been described as a "sheer blank." Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. The film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.