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A Death Ruled “Justifiable”
Jul 24, 2023
In 1965 a Louisiana police officer shot and killed a Black man named John Wesley Wilder. It was ruled a justifiable homicide, but the killer is still alive, and new evidence has come to light.
Reframing The March on Washington
Feb 8, 2022
The best footage of the March on Washington was very nearly hidden from history.
The Black Ambassador Who Took His Fight for Equality Straight to the State Department
Feb 7, 2022
A graphic history of Ambassador Terence Todman’s rise through the diplomatic ranks.
When Blue Jeans Got a Bad Name
Dec 27, 2021
Over the fourth of July weekend in 1947, 4,000 motorcycle riders, wearing leather jackets and blue jeans roared into Hollister, California.
A Place to Remember
Nov 5, 2021
Indigenous stories from the Everglades
The War at Home
Apr 14, 2021
Pvt. Booker T. Spicely was one of numerous soldiers slain for purported Jim Crow violations in the 1940s.
Mr. Civil Rights
Mar 12, 2021
Before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Briggs v. Elliot—the case that launched Thurgood Marshall’s fight to end segregation in America’s schools.
The Cryptanalyst Who Brought Down the Mob
Jan 5, 2021
How codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman faced off with rum runners and drug smugglers—and won.
Oct 15, 2020
How the Klan perpetrators of the Mississippi Burning murders were enabled by state legislators, a state funded, anti-civil rights spy agency and police.
The Ongoing Fight
Jul 26, 2020
Before women's suffrage, Black women led the fight for voting rights—and still do today.
Jun 17, 2020
The strategies and tactics of the women's suffrage movement are brought to life in this web interactive.
Langston Hughes on Trial
Dec 26, 2019
A dramatization of Langston Hughes' 1953 testimony before Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Subcommittee on Investigations, with Jericho Brown voicing Hughes.
Another Hidden Figure: Clyde Foster Brought Color to NASA
Jul 7, 2019
Over three decades, he recruited hundreds of African Americans into the space program.
Broadcasting the Moon
Jul 3, 2019
CBS’s broadcast of the moon landing is etched into national memory. But how did TV director Joel Banow create the live 36-hour program we remember?
How NASA Sold Us a Trip to the Moon
Jun 27, 2019
To win the space race, NASA had to develop space flight technology, train astronauts—and market the moon to the American public.
The Desegregation of Huntsville
Jun 27, 2019
African American civil rights activists in Huntsville, Alabama formed a “psychological warfare committee” to outsmart white supremacists and force the Rocket City to desegregate.
The Road to Apollo
Jun 4, 2019
Take an immersive journey through Apollo missions 1, 8 and 11.
Zora Neale Hurston and the Polk County Blues
Feb 11, 2019
The writer travels to a Florida lumber camp in search of “that which the soul lives by.”
Finding Carrie Buck
Nov 2, 2018
The doctors who sterilized Carrie Buck claimed she was a “feeble-minded” woman whose future offspring posed a threat to society. Her life paints a very different picture.
Oct 17, 2018
Explore today's social circus movement through the eyes of Sidney “Iking” Bateman.
Genetic Screening: Controlling Heredity
Oct 15, 2018
Many worry that screening could lead to the search for human perfection and to the weeding out of those deemed “unfit.“ Just 100 years ago, that’s exactly what the eugenics movement tried to do.
The Rise and Fall of Lillian Leitzel, Circus Queen
Oct 9, 2018
Lillian Leitzel was the most famous circus performer of her day — with a temper that matched her talents.