The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.