An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
Schools taught Native Americans to imitate white men in a liberal "civilizing" mission in 1875.
In 1936 Angie Debo uncovered the U.S. government's theft of Native Americans' oil rich lands in Indian Territories of Oklahoma.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The trial of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated President James A. Garfield, turned into a public battle over the meaning of insanity.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.