A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.
The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II.
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana.