Before World War II, San Francisco's Chinatown was closed to outsiders, but second generation Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition to pursue their passion for American music and dance.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
The bizarre saga of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst's kidnapping and conversion to her captors' cause.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.