The young CBS reporter changed his pacifist ideals after reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe during World War II.
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.
Silent film actress Mary Pickford played a pivotal role in bringing Hollywood into the center of the motion picture industry.
America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, wrote 200 songs but died a penniless alcoholic at 37.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
Between 1854 and 1929 more than 100,000 abused or orphaned children were sent by train to the Midwest to begin new lives in foster families.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.