James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century, once winning a campaign from jail while Curley served a sentence for fraud.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.
In 1936, GM and Ford could not stop one of the worst battles of the American labor movement.
Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother in Maine following the American Revolution.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.