In the first two decades of the 20th century, coal miners and coal companies in West Virginia clashed in a series of brutal conflicts over labor conditions and unionization that resulted in the "Mine Wars." The United Mine Workers of America had successfully recruited coal miners from Pennsylvania to Illinois and had established itself as one of the strongest unions in the nation. West Virginia coal operators, however, were notoriously violent towards workers' efforts to organize. The struggle for unionization included strikes, assassinations, marches, and the largest civil insurrection in the United States since the Civil War. Browse a photo gallery to see what it was like to work in the mines and live in these communities.
Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down gangsters and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work helped lay the foundation for modern codebreaking today.
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena.