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Edmonia Lewis

 Edmonia Lewis

The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time. See more »

The Palmer Raids, Part 1

 The Palmer Raids, Part 1

After WWI, there was a great deal of fear that Communist revolutionaries would try to take over the country. See more »

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 »

The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre

 The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre

In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples. See more »

The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

 The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971 remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system. See more »

Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)

 Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)

In 1971, conditions at Attica were at a point where they were humiliating, dehumanizing and counterproductive to rehabilitation. See more »

The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents

 The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents

In the summer of 1791, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds began an affair that would lead to blackmail, political rumors, a 98-page confessional document ... and eventually a song in a hit Broadway musical. See more »

A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships

 A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships

There have been numerous instances of ships found adrift with no one on board. Four such ghost ships are featured here. See more »

Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake'

 Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake'

Baking expert Anne Byrn joins Holly to talk about the place of cake in U.S. history, from the early colonies right up to the modern era. See more »

The Orphan Tsunami

 The Orphan Tsunami

In January of 1700, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan. It took a while -- a long while -- to figure out where the catalyzing earthquake had been. See more »