Dolley Madison saved valuables from destruction before the British burned the White House.
A feared attack by the British in 1814 prompted thousands of New Yorkers to volunteer to construct fortifications to defend the city.
Commodore Joshua Barney, an early American naval hero, distinguished himself with bravery on land while trying to stop the 1814 British attack on Washington.
The Great Strike of railroad workers in 1877 led to violent clashes between federal troops and workers and had a permanent effects on American society.
Winfield Scott was an influential figure in the American military for decades, from the War of 1812 to the Civil War.
The landmark Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision legitimized Jim Crow laws and racial segregation.
Jim Crow Laws were statutes that ordered segregation between white and blacks in public spaces beginning in the 1880s.
The American tradition of mixing barbecue and politics has strong roots in the 1800s.
Legendary editor Horace Greeley sharply criticized President Abraham Lincoln over the issue of slavery.
Abbottabad, the hideout of Osama Bin Laden, was named for a fascinating 19th century British officer, Sir James Abbott.