The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911, but the contact brought him terrible physical and psychological consequences.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
Schools taught Native Americans to imitate white men in a liberal "civilizing" mission in 1875.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.