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A Brilliant Madness
John Nash [Video]

A Brilliant Madness
Behind the Scenes [Video]

Producer Randy MacLowry describes his experiences making a documentary on John Nash.

Chicago: City of the Century
Decades of Immigrants [Non-Flash interactive]

Find out the who, the when, and the why of Chicago immigrant groups.

Chicago: City of the Century
Your Kind of Town [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What's your Chicago story? Tell us!

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor's TV Program [Video]

\"Prospects of Mankind with Eleanor Roosevelt\" first aired on public television in October 1959. In this video, the former first lady discusses the Peace Corps with President Kennedy and other guests.

Fidel Castro
Share Your Views [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Fidel Castro and about Cuba?

Fidel Castro
Comparta su opinión [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What are your thoughts about Fidel Castro and about Cuba? (in spanish)

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Poll: Great Feats in Baseball [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
What Made DiMaggio Such a Great Baseball Player? [Text-based]

In 1969 journalists named DiMaggio the greatest living ballplayer. This essay explores what made the Yankee Clipper so great.

Kinsey
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think Kinsey insulted American womanhood?

Kinsey
Questions About Sex [Text-based]

What was it like to sit in Kinsey's interview chair?

Kinsey
Online Forum [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Q&A with a panel of experts on sex research and Kinsey.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Vote on your favorite period in Las Vegas history. When would you like to have visited?

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Follow the Money [Text-based]

Las Vegas historian and resident Hal Rothman takes us on a tour of the city's economy.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Postcards from Vegas [Other]

Send a Las Vegas e-postcard to a friend.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
A Space to Play [Text-based]

An inside look at how casino architecture has evolved and how architects encourage visitors to gamble.

Miss America
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What do you think about the pageant? And what would it take for you to stroll down the runway in a swimsuit?

Miss America
Video Vault [Video]

Watch past Miss Americas dazzle the crowds with their talent performances, Q&A and overall charm in these historic video clips. Twenty-two clips

Mount Rushmore
American Mounuments [Text-based]

Read about the significance of America's national monuments and who or what should be memorialized through them.

New York: The Center of the World
Online Forum [Text-based]

Experts answer your questions about the Trade Center, Manhattan's urban development, and New York's role at the center of the postwar economic order. Panelists include historians Niall Ferguson and Mike Wallace, Skyscraper Museum director Carol Willis, and filmmaker Ric Burns.

New York: The Center of the World
Twin Towers Gallery [Image-based]

Browse this gallery of World Trade Center photographs taken over decades by Donald Lokuta and Camilo José Vergara.

Partners of the Heart
Pivotal Decisions [Non-Flash interactive]

Agree to perform a menial task? Wear a lab coat when others disapprove? You decide.

RFK
RFK's Enemies [Text-based]

From Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa to foreign threats like Communism -- explore the targets of RFK's crusades.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Curator Interview [Text-based]

Museum curator Mike Sarna explains hump yards and describes the historic train in his care.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Do You Remember? [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Share your own memories of streamliner trains with us.

The Kennedys
Kennedy Family Tree [Flash interactive]

Joe and Rose Kennedy created an American political dynasty. Track who's who in this interactive tree. Flash with non-Flash text version available.

The Nuremberg Trials
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Were the Nuremberg trials fair, or did they mete out "victor's justice"?

The Nuremberg Trials
We Were There [Text-based]

A prison guard and an Army photographer share their memories of life in postwar Nuremberg.

The Nuremberg Trials
More on World War II [Text-based]

Learn more about the Second World War on these American Experience Web sites.

The Pill
Shifts in Attitudes [Video]

Explore changes in American attitudes toward sex, pregnancy, and contraception. Sixteen clips.

The Quiz Show Scandal
Play "Twenty One" [Non-Flash interactive]

How would you answer the same questions Charles Van Doren faced in his 1957 appearances on "Twenty One"? Find out here.

The Quiz Show Scandal
Interview with Former Quiz Show Host [Audio]

Sonny Fox, game show host for "The $64,000 Challenge," discusses the "fix," secret questions, and former contestants Joyce Brothers and Patty Duke. Five RealAudio clips.

The Telephone
Forgotten Inventors [Text-based]

Explore some forgotten inventors.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Interview with the Filmmakers [Image-based]

Photos spanning the history of the Jordan farm on Troublesome Creek

Truman
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

What should have been done about the rising cost of living and the rebuilding of Europe after World War II? Vote on issues of the 1948 presidential campaign.

Truman
Domestic Policy [Text-based]

Learn how President Truman dealt with the obstacles he faced in leading postwar America.

Truman
Presidential Politics [Text-based]

Truman Defeats Dewey! Explore the tactics underdog Harry Truman used, from whistlestops to attack speeches, to get elected.

Tupperware!
Generation T [Flash interactive]

Meet people who built their lives around Tupperware -- and the American Dream. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Tupperware!
One Word...Plastics [Text-based]

Historian Jeffrey Meikle explains how a new billiard ball got the whole plastics industry rolling.

Tupperware!
Jubilee Video Vault [Video]

Screen Tupperware promotional shorts from the Fifties, featuring the Wish Fairy, a Ford Fairlane Giveaway, and more.

Maps

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

New York: The Center of the World
Layers of Lower Manhattan [Flash interactive]

See how Lower Manhattan has changed -- from 17th century Dutch fortress to 21st century financial center.

Rockefellers, The
Rockefellers' Mark on America [Flash interactive]

See some of the charitable gifts donated by this extraordinary family, mapped nationwide. Flash version with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

A Brilliant Madness
The Birth of the Nash Equilibrium [Text-based]

Sample excerpts from Nash's Ph.D. dissertation.

Eleanor Roosevelt
"My Day" Column [Text-based]

From 1935 to 1962, Eleanor wrote a daily syndicated column which covered a wide variety of issues. Twenty-eight of these columns are republished here.

Eleanor Roosevelt
The FBI File [Image-based]

Read pages from Eleanor Roosevelt's FBI file. The entire 3,000 page file isn't here, but there's enough to get a sense of what it contained.

George Wallace: Settin the Woods on Fire
1958 gubernatorial campaign commercial [Text-based]

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Book Excerpt [Audio]

Wallace biographer Dan Carter reads from his book, "The Politics of Rage."

Ike
Nixon's Checkers Speech [Text-based]

Eisenhower's vice president, Richard Nixon, counters critics who claim he took a $18,000 contribution and used it for personal expenses, though he admits that his family dog, Checkers, was a political gift.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Views of Sport [Text-based]

Read a Red Smith column from the end of Dimaggio's career.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Excerpts from DiMaggio©ös Autobiography, "Lucky to Be a Yankee" [Text-based]

In 1951, Joe DiMaggio's autobiography, "Lucky to be a Yankee," hit the shelves of bookstores. Here are some excerpts.

Kinsey
Kinsey in the News [Text-based]

Read reactions to Kinsey from the late Forties and early Fifties.

Kinsey
Letters to Kinsey [Text-based]

Americans weren't shy in asking Alfred Kinsey for advice.

Kinsey
Kinsey's Obituary [Text-based]

A local paper remembers the celebrity professor.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Book Preview [Text-based]

Read excerpts from the companion book to the film featuring a history of poker, the Rat Pack and more.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
The Inside on Bugsy [Text-based]

The death of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in 1947 proved a field day for the press. A round-up of the headlines reveals how little agreement there was among journalists covering the story.

MacArthur
MacArthur's Speeches: "The Corps, and The Corps, and The Corps." [Text-based]

MacArthur
Memorandum for Mr. Harriman, Mr. Murphy, and Company from George Elsey [Text-based]

Miss America
1948 Pageant Contract [Text-based]

Read the fine print in this 1948 pageant contract.

Mount Rushmore
North By Northwest [Text-based]

Get the inside story on Alfred Hitchcock's attempts to film at Mount Rushmore.

New York: The Center of the World
The Geology of New York City [Text-based]

Read an excerpt from In Suspect Terrain by New Jersey native John McPhee, a staff writer for The New Yorker, in which he tours New York City with geologist Anita Harris, learning why skyscrapers were built in midtown and near Wall Street, but not in between.

New York: The Center of the World
Skyscrapers and Oysters [Text-based]

Read excerpts from two of stories by Joseph Mitchell, a staff writer with The New Yorker, describing Native American skyscraper builders and oystering in New York Harbor.

Nixon
Checkers Speech, 1952 [Text-based]

Nixon's response to claim that an $18,000 campaign contribution was used for personal expenses.

Reagan
A Time for Choosing [Text-based]

Reagan supports Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign.

Reagan
Commencement Address at Eureka College [Text-based]

Reagan speaks about freedom and democracy at his alma mater.

Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit's Obituary [Text-based]

Read Red Smith's tribute column and a wire story on Seabiscuit's last hours.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Wilson Quarterly [Text-based]

Read a scholar's 1994 account of the rise of the streamliners --and the decline of trains in America.

The Kennedys
Ted's Eulogy for his Brother Robert [Text-based]

In an emotional tribute, the youngest Kennedy son remembers his slain brother.

The Kennedys
Ted Kennedy's Post-Chappaquidick Speech [Text-based]

Senator Kennedy explains his conduct after a tragic car crash.

The Kennedys
Address of Senator John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association [Text-based]

Presidential candidate Kennedy dismisses concerns about his Roman Catholicism and pledges himself to the basic ideal of church-state separation

The Pill
Correspondence between Pincus and Searle [Text-based]

A doctor on a mission encounters a company with misgivings.

The Quiz Show Scandal
Los Angeles Times Article [Text-based]

The headline of this Los Angeles Times article reads "President Wants TV Scandals Cleaned Up." Published November 5, 1959.

Truman
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 [Text-based]

Truman
Executive Order, Desegregation of the Armed Forces, 1948 [Text-based]

Truman
Truman's Address to NAACP, 1947 [Text-based]

Truman
Presidential Civil Rights Message, February 2, 1948 [Text-based]

Truman
Southern Response to Civil Rights Speech, 1948 [Text-based]

Truman
Excerpts from Truman's address to Democratic Convention Accepting Nomination for presidency, 1948 [Text-based]

Truman
Inaugural Address, 1949 [Text-based]

Tupperware!
Success and Money [Text-based]

Brownie Wise and Earl Tupper share their thoughts on the American Dream of prosperity and success.

Gallery

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Wallace Quotes [Text-based]

A timeline of quotes that traces Wallace's political career.

Jimmy Carter
Carter Family Photo Album [Image-based]

Browse photographs of Jimmy Carter and his family.

Miss America
Gallery [Image-based]

The popularity of the Miss America pageant led to a variety of beauty contests -- many during the 1950s, a golden age for pageants. View a photos of Miss Black America, Miss Color TV and others.

Seabiscuit
Superhorses [Image-based]

Find out about thirty of the best athletes American horse racing has ever seen.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Gallery: The Zephyr [Image-based]

View a gallery of Zephyr trains.

The Fight
Boxers of the Golden Age [Image-based]

Browse a gallery of boxing images and meet some of America's storied ethnic pugilists.

The Kennedys
The Kennedys at Hyannis Port [Image-based]

Browse a gallery of Kennedy family photographs taken at their Cape Cod vacation compound.

The Nuremberg Trials
Berlin After World War II [Image-based]

Raymond D'Addario was 26 years old when the U.S. Army assigned him to photograph the Nuremberg War Trials from 1945 to 1946. Browse some of D'Addario's Berlin images.

The Telephone
Telephones Through the Years [Image-based]

A visual history of the telephone.

Tupperware!
Tupper's Invention Notebooks [Image-based]

The plastics whiz had more ideas up his sleeve. Take a tour of Earl Tupper's invention notebooks.

Timeline

Big Dream, Small Screen
TV Milestones [Text-based]

Building the Alaska Highway
Alaska from Russian Colony to U.S. State [Text-based]

Eleanor Roosevelt
Timeline of Eleanor Roosevelt [Text-based]

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Timeline of George Wallace's Life [Text-based]

Hijacked!
Conflict in the Middle East [Text-based]

Ike
World Timeline (1953-1960) [Text-based]

Jimmy Carter
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a chronology of Jimmy Carter's life.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Timeline of Joe DiMaggio's Life [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Mount Rushmore
Timeline [Text-based]

New York: The Center of the World
Timeline: World Trade Center [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Streamliners Timeline [Text-based]

The Fight
Louis and Schmeling Chronology [Text-based]

The Nuremberg Trials
The War in Europe and its Aftermath [Text-based]

The Pill
Timeline [Text-based]

The Quiz Show Scandal
100 Years of Crime [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Rockefellers Timeline [Text-based]

The Telephone
Technology Timeline [Flash interactive]

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, explore some of America's technological innovations and inventions. Flash with non-Flash version available.

The Wizard of Photography
Timeline of Photography [Text-based]

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Timeline [Text-based]

Truman
Harry Truman's Life [Text-based]

Truman
World Timeline (1945-1953) [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Timeline: Zoot Suit Riots [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Timeline: Zoot Suit Riots [Text-based]

(in spanish)

Bibliography

A Brilliant Madness
Further Reading [Text-based]

Big Dream, Small Screen
Read More Learn More [Text-based]

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Eleanor Roosevelt
Further Reading [Text-based]

Fatal Flood
Further Reading [Text-based]

George Wallace: Settin the Woods on Fire
Further Reading [Text-based]

Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life
Further Reading [Text-based]

Kinsey
Further Reading [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Further Reading [Text-based]

Mary Pickford
Further Reading [Text-based]

Miss America
Further Reading [Text-based]

New York: The Center of the World
Further Reading [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Alaska Pipeline
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Nuremberg Trials
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Quiz Show Scandal
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Rockefellers
Further Reading [Text-based]

Truman
Further Reading [Text-based]

Zoot Suit Riots
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Eleanor Roosevelt
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Read about the social programs championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and learn about the causes of other first ladies in U.S. history.

Ike
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss the military-industrial complex, popular images of life in the Fifties, and more.

Jimmy Carter
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the political rise of the South, presidential campaigns and elections, energy policy, inflation and unemployment, peace and war in the Middle East, the Iranian hostage crisis, the role of ex-presidents and the fight to eradicate disease.

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about recreation during World War II, U.S. history during DiMaggio's career, and DiMaggio's role as a public figure.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Dig beneath the city's surface to explore organized crime, the economics of casinos, the legal and moral issues of gambling, the history of atomic tests in Nevada, and what the image of Las Vegas means in American society. Read biographies of key figures in the city's development, see maps of its growth, and access primary sources from the era of atomic tourism.

Mary Pickford
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Follow the rise of the motion picture industry, women and business in the twentieth century, technological developments, the rise of celebrity culture, entertainment in America, popular images of women and women's roles, and more.

Miss America
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See the changing roles of women over the course of the 20th century. Topics include the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, women and the workplace, leisure, the rise of television, beauty ideals, individualism, self-image, and consumerism.

Mount Rushmore
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Delve into a story of the Great Depression, government and the arts, Native American rights, presidential history, the creation and management of public lands, government appropriations, and memorializing the past.

New York: A Documentary Film
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Embark on learning adventures in citizenship, from New York to your town.

New York: The Center of the World
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the history of New York City, America's role in the post-World War II economic order, city planning in the era of urban renewal, and globalization and its consequences.

Reagan
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Is government the solution to our problems, or is government itself the problem? Examine the philosophy of a popular but contradictory leader.

RFK
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study American political dynasties, the presidency, campaigns, the tumult of the late 1960s and especially the shock year 1968, assassinations, leadership, race relations, civil rights, the Cold War and containing Communism, the farm workers' movement and more, through the prism of a unique American public figure.

Seabiscuit
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Spend a day at the races and learn about leisure during the Great Depression, folk heroes, the rise of radio and creation of a national broadcast audience, the rise of the automobile and the decline of the horse, and the legalization of gambling.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take a trip on America's shimmering silver locomotives, in the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system.

The Nuremberg Trials
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take your students behind the scenes at an international tribunal and investigate perspectives on war and justice, dictators on trial, the Holocaust, the city of Nuremberg as a symbol of Nazi ideology and later justice, and war's toll on great cities.

The Pill
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Gain insights into contraception, eugenics, conflicts between religious values and societal trends, women's changing roles, the pharmaceutical industry's growth, medical advances, and the evolving relationship of the medical establishment and the lay public.

The Rockefellers
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

What happens to families when they strike it rich? Explore the Rockefellers' business acumen, philanthropy, and controversies.

The Telephone
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the telephone, and discuss monopolies, patents, and women in the workforce.

The Wizard of Photography
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

See how George Eastman's invention changed American life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how one family, the Jordans, came up with a dramatic solution to hold onto their family farm.

Truman
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate containment, the atomic bomb decision, women in the workforce, and early civil rights legislation.

Tupperware!
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the post-World War II economy, advances in plastics technology and manufacturing, direct selling and business history, women's changing roles in society, women and work, social networks, consumer culture, the American Dream, and the Cold War.

Zoot Suit Riots
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore teenage rebellion, World War II, immigration and assimilation, race relations, conflicts between law enforcement and minority groups, and the history of Mexicans in America.