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Alabama Governor George Wallace

 Alabama Governor George Wallace

Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives. See more »

Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

 Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story, as shared by his daughter Victoria Price. See more »

Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

 Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, she eventually took her dancing to France. See more »

Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2

 Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2

Because he saw himself as Yosemite's ambassador, Hutchings was surprised when the state of California told him his land claim was invalid. He fought the state for many years, and though he ultimately lost the battle, it didn't sever his ties to Yosemite. See more »

Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1

 Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1

Once Yosemite had been seen by white men, it became the focus of a great deal of attention, both for its natural wonders and for the potential money to be made there. James Hutchings spent the majority of his life writing and speaking about Yosemite. See more »

Isaac Merrit Singer

 Isaac Merrit Singer

While his name is most strongly associated with the sewing machine, Isaac Singer's life is a tale far beyond the story of mechanized stitching. A philanderer and cut throat businessman, Singer managed to accrue huge sums of wealth in his later life. See more »

Desmond T. Doss

 Desmond T. Doss

Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, though he's not the only one. Two other men, Thomas W. Bennett and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. also showed tremendous valor and received the same award, though posthumously. See more »

Aviatrix Lilian Bland

 Aviatrix Lilian Bland

Miss Bland was a jockey, a sports photographer, a journalist, a car dealer and a pioneer farmer. She also built Ireland's first powered airplane, entirely by hand, and successfully piloted it. See more »

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

 Mary Ann Shadd Cary

She was a black Canadian-American who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper. She advocated against slavery, for better lives for free black people, and for women’s rights. See more »

Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

 Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s. See more »