January 14, 2013 On Jan. 14, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace delivered an inauguration speech destined to go down in the history books. That now infamous line, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever," embodied a moment in U.S. history that changed the political landscape forever.
December 20, 2012 Between 1941 and 1976, New York commuters were charmed by posters of regular New York women while riding the city's trains and buses. "Miss Subways" was selected each month by New Yorkers, in a pageant that reflected America's diversity long before the nation's other beauty contests.
April 20, 2012 Since its first publication in 1976, The Education of Little Tree has sold more than 1 million copies. But the book and its author are not what they seem. That's because before Forrest Carter became a Cherokee novelist, he was Asa Earl Carter, a Ku Klux Klan organizer and segregationist.
February 27, 2012 A 16-year-old from Michigan named Claressa Shields is the youngest fighter competing for a place on the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team. She's facing fighters almost a decade older and much more experienced — but she's beaten the odds before.
November 11, 2011 When World War I veterans returned from overseas, they were promised a cash bonus for their service — but they wouldn't get their money until 1945. Then the Great Depression struck. Desperate for relief, in 1932 a group of veterans from Portland, Ore., went to Washington to demand early payment. The protests led to violence — and eventually the GI Bill.
August 11, 2011 In the 1990s, retired miner Jimmy Weekley, 71, became an unlikely anti-mining advocate when a coal company proposed a mountaintop removal mine virtually in his backyard in West Virginia. Most of his neighbors sold out to the company and moved away, but Weekley has refused to budge.
May 5, 2011 Over the past decade, Macel Ely decided to find out who his great-uncle — the late gospel singer Brother Claude Ely — really was. In interviews with nearly 1,400 people, Macel discovered that Claude had a healing effect on those who came to his revivals — and his music influenced some of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll.
December 1, 2010 On Dec. 1, 1948, the nation witnessed one of the largest funerals in U.S. history, for George F. Johnson. The owner of the Endicott Johnson Corp., at one time the country's leading shoe manufacturer, believed it was his responsibility to provide for workers' welfare. So he created what he called the Square Deal, which one welfare expert says is an anachronism today.
August 6, 2010 On Aug. 7, 1930, two young African-American men were lynched by a mob in Marion, Ind. The night before they had been charged with murdering a white factory worker and raping his companion. The case was never solved, but a photograph of the lynching became iconic. And a third man narrowly survived: Who was James Cameron?
May 7, 2010 When Bridgette McGee-Robinson was growing up, she didn't know anything about her grandfather — who he was, where he was from, why no one ever talked about him. So she set about digging for the truth about the black man who was executed in 1951 for raping a white woman in Mississippi.
June 5, 2009 Thembi Ngubane, who chronicled her experience of living with AIDS, died Thursday at the age of 24. Ngubane lived in a shack in the biggest township in South Africa, but over the past five years, her diary about living with HIV was heard around the world.
February 27, 2009 Rose Marie McCoy is one of the most prolific songwriters of '50s American pop music, yet her legacy remains relatively unknown. During her career, the artist published more than 800 songs, some of which were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie and James Brown.
December 1, 2008 In 1968, students in Mexico City challenged the country's government. On Oct. 2, troops opened fire on a crowd of student demonstrators. Forty years later, the exact death toll remains a mystery. But official documents suggest that military snipers may have triggered the massacre.
November 4, 2008 In 1940, the United States was just emerging from the shadow of the Great Depression and war loomed in Europe. Into these serious times stepped Gracie Allen, part of the popular comic duo Burns and Allen, who launched a campaign for president.