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A “Mad, Hulking Carnival” of American Life

Breaking some of the rules made Tom Wolfe a better observer.

“Little Sure Shot”: the Saga of Annie Oakley

 A new film describes how a ladylike demeanor and deadeye aim made Phoebe Anne Moses famous.

Defining Freedom

Civil War surgeon Mary Walker began her battle for equality in the women's dress reform movement.

Through the Lens of Jack London

The writer provides photographic records of his adventures.

Reliving History Frame by Frame

Early newsreels put Americans in the front row for major world events.

Documenting Pittsburgh’s Past

A photographer captures the jazz musicians and sports stars of the 1930s and beyond.

Virtual St. Louis

A new Web site allows visitors to reconstruct a city's earlier times.

A Perfect Fit

How the New York garment industry helped shape American society.

A Long Dark Journey into Light

Plays drawn from his own turbulent life are the subject of a new Eugene O'Neill documentary.

A Life in Letters

The irascible John Adams shows a different side in his writings to his wife Abigail.