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.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
A writer's childhood and the development of her photography and writing about the American South.
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 trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.