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American Revolution: Continental Congress
American Revolution: Continental Congress(11 Photos)
Discover the accomplishments of the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, and learn about the major players behind such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.
American Revolution: Events and Battles
American Revolution: Events and Battles(12 Photos)
Explore Revolutionary battle sites such as Lexington, Concord and Yorktown, and learn how the events that took place there shaped the course of the war.
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents.
Civil War to Great Depression Presidents
Civil War to Great Depression Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Presidents from Reconstruction to the Great Depression.
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents(13 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Presidents from World War II to Today.
World War I: Trench Warfare
World War I: Trench Warfare(11 Photos)
Trench warfare reached its highest development on the Western Front during World War I (1914â€“18), when armies of millions of men faced each other in a line of trenches extending from the Belgian coast through northeastern France to Switzerland.
World War II Pilots and Planes
World War II Pilots and Planes(12 Photos)
View photos of World War II pilots and planes.
World War II Political Leaders
World War II Political Leaders(9 Photos)
View photos of World War II political leaders.
Presidential Fun Facts
Presidential Fun FactsVideo Clip (1:21)
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The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
First LadiesVideo Clip (1:50)
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These U.S. first ladies made their mark during their stays at the White House.
Deconstructing History: American Flag
Deconstructing History: American FlagVideo Clip (2:07)
Video Clip (2:07)
Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."
Deconstructing History: Mayflower
Deconstructing History: MayflowerVideo Clip (2:35)
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How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:04)
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To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
George WashingtonVideo Clip (2:19)
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How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
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Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
Boston MassacreVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.
The White House
The White HouseVideo Clip (5:36)
Video Clip (5:36)
The White House has been the home of every U.S. president since John Adams. Without any presidents to house, however, the walls of this iconic building won't be standing for long.
Faces of America
Faces of AmericaVideo Clip (2:26)
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Prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique.
PocahontasVideo Clip (3:00)
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Learn the epic story of the famous Native American king's daughter as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
YorktownVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
The British were forced to surrender 2 days after patriot soldiers captured the fort at Yorktown in 1781.
American BuffaloVideo Clip (2:52)
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The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.
Transcontinental RailroadVideo Clip (3:27)
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Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.
Building the Erie Canal
Building the Erie CanalVideo Clip (2:39)
Video Clip (2:39)
Opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was one of the most extraordinary engineering feats of the 19th century, connecting eastern ports and manufacturing with the rest of the country.
Deconstructing History: Alamo
Deconstructing History: AlamoVideo Clip (2:47)
Video Clip (2:47)
It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo.
The AlamoVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
Find out why the battle of the Alamo still captures the imaginations of Americans after more than two centuries.
America DividedVideo Clip (3:54)
Video Clip (3:54)
America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
Video Clip (4:04)
Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
John BrownVideo Clip (4:34)
Video Clip (4:34)
John Brown's failed attempt to loot the armory at Harper's Ferry sparks the beginning of abolition.
Frederick DouglassVideo Clip (2:25)
Video Clip (2:25)
Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
Gold RushVideo Clip (2:37)
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Discover how the Gold Rush led to the creation of California.
Deconstructing History: Mount Rushmore
Deconstructing History: Mount RushmoreVideo Clip (1:38)
Video Clip (1:38)
Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.
Andrew CarnegieVideo Clip (2:11)
Video Clip (2:11)
Meet Andrew Carnegie and find out how the wealthiest man of his day ended up giving away his vast fortune.
The Last of the Sioux
The Last of the SiouxVideo Clip (3:48)
Video Clip (3:48)
Resistant to government regulated reservations, the Sioux retreated into the Black Hills until a final massacre at Wounded Knee.
Sitting BullVideo Clip (2:54)
Video Clip (2:54)
The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis.
The Donner Party
The Donner PartyVideo Clip (4:24)
Video Clip (4:24)
Western migration through uncharted regions strands a wagon train in the Sierra Mountains leaving little choice for survival.
Black GoldVideo Clip (2:41)
Video Clip (2:41)
Spindletop, an east Texas oil Field, produced 80,000 barrels a day and changed the country and oil production forever.
Dust Storms Strike America
Dust Storms Strike AmericaVideo Clip (2:48)
Video Clip (2:48)
Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City.
Meet Madam CJ Walker
Meet Madam CJ WalkerVideo Clip (1:49)
Video Clip (1:49)
From her rough beginnings as an orphan, Madam CJ Walker went on to corner the market in black women's hair care and became the first self-made female millionaire.
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn BridgeVideo Clip (3:08)
Video Clip (3:08)
Linking the borough of Brooklyn with Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a marvel of engineering.
Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
Deconstructing History: Statue of LibertyVideo Clip (1:29)
Video Clip (1:29)
How many steps are there to the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Find out that and other facts and figures about America's most recognizable symbol of freedom.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of LibertyVideo Clip (3:12)
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What do the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have in common?
Thomas EdisonVideo Clip (2:51)
Video Clip (2:51)
Thomas Edison's most famous invention, the light bulb, paved the way for modern life.
Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
Mankind Decoded Sneak PeekVideo Clip (5:03)
Video Clip (5:03)
Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.
D-DayVideo Clip (1:42)
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On June 6, 1944, the Allies invade Western Europe in the largest amphibious attack in history.
Cold WarVideo Clip (2:31)
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The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you.
The MayflowerVideo Clip (2:18)
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From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.
Mankind in 2 Minutes
Mankind in 2 MinutesVideo Clip (2:12)
Video Clip (2:12)
Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.
Speeches & Audio (39)
Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
Execution of Julius and Ethel RosenbergAudio Clip (2:48)
Audio Clip (2:48)
Broadcast just 15 minutes before the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on June 19, 1953, a news report recounts the last-minute U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a stay of execution for the pair. The Rosenbergs were the first U.S. citizens to be executed for espionage after their conviction for transmitting atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.
Amelia Earhart on Women in Flight
Amelia Earhart on Women in FlightAudio Clip (2:02)
Audio Clip (2:02)
In a 1935 radio broadcast on "a woman's place in science," Amelia Earhart encourages women to make their mark on the new field of aviation. On June 18, 1928, Earhart became the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Louis Beats Schmeling
Louis Beats SchmelingAudio Clip (1:05)
Audio Clip (1:05)
Two years after Max Schmeling's knockout of the undefeated Joe Louis in a non-title bout, they met again on June 22, 1938, for a dramatic rematch at Yankee Stadium. Playing out in live coverage, the match goes to Louis who defeats the German in two minutes and four seconds. Louis was hailed as a hero for all Americans.
Will Rogers Nominates Henry Ford for President
Will Rogers Nominates Henry Ford for PresidentAudio Clip (2:00)
Audio Clip (2:00)
On May 31, 1923, at a New York City event, American humorist and folk hero Will Rogers nominates automaker Henry Ford for U.S. president.
Eyewitness Account of Hindenburg Disaster
Eyewitness Account of Hindenburg DisasterAudio Clip (1:25)
Audio Clip (1:25)
On May 6, 1937, WLS radio reporter Herb Morrison describes the arrival of the zeppelin Hindenburg at Lakehurst, New Jersey, after a three-day transatlantic voyage from Frankfurt, Germany, when the airship suddenly bursts into flames, killing 36 people.
Harold L. Ickes Introduces Marian Anderson at Lincoln Memorial
Harold L. Ickes Introduces Marian Anderson at Lincoln MemorialAudio Clip (5:16)
Audio Clip (5:16)
Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes stresses racial equality in his introduction of African-American singer Marian Anderson, who performs a concert on April 9, 1939, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on JapanAudio Clip (7:47)
Audio Clip (7:47)
On the day after the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt tells a joint session of Congress that the United States must take up arms in response.
William Jennings Bryan Delivers Anti-Imperialism Speech
William Jennings Bryan Delivers Anti-Imperialism SpeechAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
At the Democratic Convention in Kansas City on August 8, 1900, William Jennings Bryan devotes his acceptance speech to his viewpoint on imperialism.
Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order
Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion OrderAudio Clip (1:43)
Audio Clip (1:43)
On June 5, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower orders the massive Allied Expeditionary Force into action.
MacArthur Gives Farewell Address
MacArthur Gives Farewell AddressAudio Clip (5:02)
Audio Clip (5:02)
On April 11, 1951, President Harry Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command due to their disagreement over the handling of the Korean War. On April 19, 1951, after 52 years of military service, Gen. Douglas MacArthur delivers a farewell address to Congress, setting off a controversy among congressional members over whether or not the Joint Chiefs of Staff had approved the MacArthur plan for operations.
Army-McCarthy HearingsAudio Clip (1:02)
Audio Clip (1:02)
On June 9, 1954, two-thirds of the way into the 36-day televised Army-McCarthy hearings in which Sen. Joseph McCarthy argued that the U.S. Army was harboring communists, the investigation hits a turning point. When Joseph Welch, the Army's special counsel, accuses McCarthy of having "no sense of decency," the tide of public opinion turns and McCarthy's career is eventually ruined.
The Kitchen Debate
The Kitchen DebateAudio Clip (7:24)
Audio Clip (7:24)
In July 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon traveled to Moscow to open the U.S. Trade and Cultural Fair in Sokolniki Park. In the kitchen of the exhibit's model house built by General Electric, Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev began an impromptu series of debates on the merits of capitalism and communism. An audio segment of one of the exchanges, which was filmed by the American company Ampex on the first videotape recorder, illustrates the Cold War tensions simmering beneath the surface.
Kennedy Diary Recording of Cuban Missile Crisis
Kennedy Diary Recording of Cuban Missile CrisisAudio Clip (3:19)
Audio Clip (3:19)
On October 18, 1962, President Kennedy met with nine of his advisers to discuss what to do about the Soviet missiles that U.S. aerial surveillance discovered in Cuba on October 16. After the meeting, President Kennedy went to the White House Oval Office and recorded his recollections of the meeting.
John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for Berlin
John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for BerlinAudio Clip (3:22)
Audio Clip (3:22)
In a speech delivered in Berlin on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy expresses his hopes for the reunification of Germany and shows solidarity with the crowd when he says, "I take pride in the words: Ich bin ein Berliner."
McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin Gulf
McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin GulfAudio Clip (1:00)
Audio Clip (1:00)
On August 4, 1964, as events in the Tonkin Gulf unfold, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara apprised President Lyndon B. Johnson of the situation in a series of phone calls. In the third secretly recorded phone call of the day, McNamara reports that two U.S. destroyers deployed in the Gulf east of Vietnam are under attack. While McNamara did not know it at the time, the information he relayed was later determined to be false.
John F. Kennedy on Desegregation at Ole Miss
John F. Kennedy on Desegregation at Ole MissAudio Clip (3:18)
Audio Clip (3:18)
When Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett refused to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling demanding desegregation at the University of Mississippi and the admittance of James Meredith, President John F. Kennedy was forced to intervene. In his address to the nation on September 30, 1962, Kennedy explains his decision to federalize the state national guard in order to maintain law and order while Meredith registers at the college.
Barry Goldwater Campaigns for Presidency
Barry Goldwater Campaigns for PresidencyAudio Clip (1:57)
Audio Clip (1:57)
In a campaign speech during his run for president in 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater talks about his ideas on national defense.
Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech
Richard Nixon's Checkers SpeechAudio Clip (3:44)
Audio Clip (3:44)
Why did Richard Nixon's infamous "Checkers" campaign speech about a cocker spaniel irrevocably damage his relationship with Dwight D. Eisenhower?
Ribicoff Protests "Gestapo Tactics" at 1968 Chicago Convention
Ribicoff Protests "Gestapo Tactics" at 1968 Chicago ConventionAudio Clip (1:15)
Audio Clip (1:15)
When bloody riots broke out between anti-Vietnam War protestors and Chicago police outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Sen. Abraham Ribicoff ditched his prepared support speech for George McGovern and instead criticized Mayor Richard Daly's handling of the situation.
Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth
Christmas Eve Broadcast to EarthAudio Clip (0:36)
Audio Clip (0:36)
On December 24, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders entered into lunar orbit aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft. That evening, in a live radio and television transmission, Borman reads a passage from the Book of Genesis.
Neil Armstrong Walks on the Moon
Neil Armstrong Walks on the MoonAudio Clip (4:19)
Audio Clip (4:19)
On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, communicates with Mission Control as he takes "one small step" off the Eagle landing module and onto the moon.
Edison's PhonographAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
In a turn-of-the-century advertisement, Thomas Edison's newly invented phonograph "talks" to customers, describing its unique characteristics.
Patty Hearst Speaks During Captivity
Patty Hearst Speaks During CaptivityAudio Clip (1:29)
Audio Clip (1:29)
On February 12, 1974, eight days after the abduction of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, California's KPFA radio played an audiotape sent by the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical militants responsible for the kidnapping.
Vietnam POWs Return Home
Vietnam POWs Return HomeAudio Clip (1:07)
Audio Clip (1:07)
On February 14, 1973, 18 days after the Vietnam peace agreement was signed, the first American prisoners of war returned home from Vietnam. The first man off the plane, Capt. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., calls for U.S. citizens to unify.
Stokely Carmichael on Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Stokely Carmichael on Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.Audio Clip (2:42)
Audio Clip (2:42)
On April 5, 1968, in a press conference held the day after the slaying of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael predicts the outbreak of more violence across the nation in retaliation for "white America's biggest mistake."
George Wallace on Desegregation
George Wallace on DesegregationAudio Clip (2:00)
Audio Clip (2:00)
Gov. George Wallace holds a press conference to argue against integration of the state's public schools. Almost 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to desegregate schools, Alabama had still not complied. On June 11, 1963, Wallace made national news when he stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama to block African-American students from entering.
The "Vast Wasteland" of Television
The "Vast Wasteland" of TelevisionAudio Clip (2:49)
Audio Clip (2:49)
On May 9, 1961, in a speech before a meeting of television executives, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow characterizes television programming as a "vast wasteland" of senseless violence, mindless comedy and offensive advertising.
Death of Elvis Presley
Death of Elvis PresleyAudio Clip (0:26)
Audio Clip (0:26)
On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died of cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 42. A news report the following day describes the scene as thousands of mourners gather at Presley's Graceland mansion to view his body as it lay in state.
Mount St. Helens Erupts
Mount St. Helens EruptsAudio Clip (1:03)
Audio Clip (1:03)
A report from Portland, Oregon, describes alarming volcanic activity on Mount St. Helens in Washington's Cascade Range. Starting on March 20, 1980, a series of intensifying earthquakes blasted a 300-foot crater near the top of the peak, putting the nearby population on alert. On May 18, 1980, the volcano erupted.
U.S. Pulls Off "Miracle on Ice"
U.S. Pulls Off "Miracle on Ice"Audio Clip (1:03)
Audio Clip (1:03)
A report from the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, recaps the astonishing victory of the U.S. men's hockey team over the more experienced Soviets.
Legionnaire's Disease Mystery
Legionnaire's Disease MysteryAudio Clip (1:13)
Audio Clip (1:13)
In late July 1976, a pneumonia-like illness began killing people who had attended an American Legion convention at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia one week earlier. As scientists are on the verge of a breakthrough in determining the cause, CBS News provides an update on the mysterious killer.
Ted Kennedy's "Dreams Shall Never Die" Speech
Ted Kennedy's "Dreams Shall Never Die" SpeechAudio Clip (1:28)
Audio Clip (1:28)
After losing his challenge for the presidential nomination to Jimmy Carter, Sen. Edward Kennedy delivers one of the most memorable speeches of his career at the Democratic National Convention on August 14, 1980, offering his support for Carter and the Democratic Party.
George H. W. Bush Announces Start of Persian Gulf War
George H. W. Bush Announces Start of Persian Gulf WarAudio Clip (6:33)
Audio Clip (6:33)
On the evening of January 16,1991, President George H. W. Bush addresses the nation to discuss the launch of Operation Desert Storm.
Mario Cuomo Delivers Keynote Address to Democratic National Convention
Mario Cuomo Delivers Keynote Address to Democratic National ConventionAudio Clip (10:21)
Audio Clip (10:21)
In one of his most celebrated speeches, delivered July 16, 1984, New York Governor Mario Cuomo rises to national attention by highlighting President Reagan's failures.
Magic Johnson's HIV Announcement
Magic Johnson's HIV AnnouncementAudio Clip (1:05)
Audio Clip (1:05)
On November 8, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced in a press conference that he had tested positive for HIV and would be retiring from basketball immediately. A news report covers the story, including a host of reactions from the shocked public.
Unabomber ArrestedAudio Clip (1:29)
Audio Clip (1:29)
On April 3, 1996, a CBS news report announces the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski, the Harvard graduate who was suspected and later proven to be the Unabomber. Kaczynski terrorized the country for nearly two decades with a series of mail bombings that killed three people and wounded 23.
O.J. Simpson Verdict Announced
O.J. Simpson Verdict AnnouncedAudio Clip (3:26)
Audio Clip (3:26)
In 1995, O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Clinton Responds to the Oklahoma City Bombing
Clinton Responds to the Oklahoma City BombingAudio Clip (1:51)
Audio Clip (1:51)
On April 23, 1995, President Bill Clinton attends the Time of Healing prayer service held in Oklahoma in response to the act of terrorism that killed 168 people. President Clinton speaks at the event and expresses the nation's grief.
George W. Bush Vows Revenge for 9/11
George W. Bush Vows Revenge for 9/11Audio Clip (0:31)
Audio Clip (0:31)
On September 14, 2001, a day he declares a national day of mourning and remembrance, President George W. Bush stands atop a pile of rubble at Ground Zero and says that the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks will hear from America soon.
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