In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
The 1968 Democratic National Convention saw a clash of political visions on the convention floor and violence outside on the streets of Chicago.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.