The first chapter of American Experience's "Jesse James," broadcasting January 31.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.