A new religion called spiritualism affected the nation in the era of Abraham Lincoln, P. T. Barnum and Frederick Douglass. The movement faded by 1880 as frauds were revealed.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.
John Scopes' free speech trial pitted science against religion after the teacher presented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee school.
Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.
In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.