Lincoln's Greatest Case The River, The Bridge, and The Making of America

In the early hours of May 6, 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge—the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River. Soon...

The Rest I Will Kill William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave

On July 4, 1861, the schooner S.J. Waring set sail from New York on a routine voyage to South America. Seventeen days later, it limped back into New York's harbor with the ship's...