The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
Of all the alphabet agencies of the New Deal, none captured the public's imagination like J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.