Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories 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.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe, the first native American to achieve Olympic gold medal glory – he also played pro football, basketball AND baseball

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly – a pioneering journalist and the world’s first travel blogger?

Bayard Rustin

The story of civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin, who was almost written out of history because he was gay.

John Rollin Ridge

John Rollin Ridge, aka Yellow Bird: the first Native American to ever publish a novel

Hedy Lamarr

Hollywood actor turned visionary inventor Hedy Lamarr – the Mother of Wi-Fi!

Claudette Colvin

The story of 15-year-old African-American school girl Claudette Colvin who, in 1955, took on the State of Alabama.

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan, the African American from the South who defied expectations by being selected to serve in Congress

Bob Fletcher

The story of Good Samaritan Bob Fletcher who supported Japanese-American families during WW2

Dr Frances Oldham Kelsey

Meet Dr Frances Oldham Kelsey – a true American hero who challenged big drug companies to protect the American people