In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.
John Philip Sousa was America's favorite bandmaster.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
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.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.