America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
For 21 years, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley ruled the city, building the Sears Tower and O'Hare Airport.
The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.