The Polio Crusade
The medical breakthrough saved countless lives.
It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 — until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.
The Man Who Tried To Feed The World |
Norman Borlaug was dubbed the “Father of the Green Revolution”.
Influenza 1918 |
Much has changed since the influenza pandemic of 1918, yet our responses to COVID-19 must still rely on many of the century-old lessons.
Test Tube Babies |
When the first human egg was fertilized in a lab in 1944, the news spread like wildfire.
Women lead advancements in science, technology, politics, sports and activism—often fighting against inequity and opposition at every turn. In this collection, explore films, interviews, articles, image galleries and more for an in-depth look at notable female figures in American history.
Eleanor Roosevelt |
Eleanor Roosevelt struggled to overcome an unhappy childhood, betrayal in her marriage, and gripping depression — all while staying true to her passion for social justice.
Woodrow Wilson |
A dynamic speaker and tenacious organizer, Carrie Chapman Catt was a powerful force in the women's suffrage movement.
The Crash of 1929 |
By the turn of the 18th century, the British have taken over the colony and dismantled the barrier, turning it into a paved lane called Wall Street.
Freedom Summer |
Former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer's Congressional testimony is so powerful that President Johnson calls an impromptu press conference to get her off the air.
Amelia Earhart |
Learn about Earhart's life from her childhood spent roaming the outdoors, to her first flying lessons, to her disappearence over the Pacific in 1937.
Margaret Chase Smith was the first senator to stand up to Joseph McCarthy.
In 1953, the author Langston Hughes was called before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Subcommittee on Investigations. We dramatized the actual hearing transcripts of Hughes’s testimony, made public 50 years later.