The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, and thrived from the Depression through World War II, leaving a legacy in music.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
The life story of Aimee Semple McPherson, religious evangelist instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.