In 1993, Ellen Ochoa wrote her name in the stars – as the first Hispanic woman to enter orbit. She continues to inspire generations of aspiring astronauts today.
Hidden Figures shines a light on influential Americans who’s stories don’t usually make it into the textbooks – from the “Robin Hood of Harlem” to the greatest athlete of the 20th century.
Was Josefa Segovia – the first and only woman hanged in the state of California – killed for her actions or her race? And what can we learn from her tragic story?
Stephen H. Long mapped much of the unexplored American West – but he made one big mistake that set Western migration back decades.
In a world dominated by mainly caucasian dancers, Native American Maria Tallchief overcame discrimination to become the United States’ first prima ballerina.
James Hemings was an enslaved man and the first American to learn classic French cuisine. He helped popularise many of the dishes you know and love today.
At a time when few people were aware of the damage being done to our environment, marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson demanded that the US government take responsibility to protect people – and the planet.
The first Asian American woman ever to be elected to Congress, Patsy Mink dedicated her life to participating in the democratic process and improving the lives of others.
How Ethel Payne wielded her first amendment right to ask the tough questions and hold those in power to account.
He hit 240 home runs. Was a two-time World Series champion. And won the coveted Golden Glove twelve years in a row. But life in America for Puerto Rican All-Star Roberto Clemente was anything but easy.
History is full of criminal masterminds – and then there is George Brittain Lyttle, the notorious stagecoach robber who couldn’t ride a horse!