Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.