'American Experience: First Freedom - The Fight for Religious Liberty,' premiering Dec. 18 on PBS, is an informative, even-handed examination of why America's founders made religious liberty a basic human right.
Mormon polygamy grabbed the national spotlight in 1875 when Prophet Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza, divorced him, wrote an expose about plural marriage and set out on a lecture tour.
Simon Schama describes President George Washington’s 1790 visit to Newport, RI, to promote support for the Bill of Rights. His visit provoked an exchange with a member of the Touro Synagogue about the young country’s commitment to religious freedom.
From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was also a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations.
The settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, left behind an England that was experiencing political and religious changes in 1607.
Long recognized as one of the most efficient and effective private charitable organizations in the world, the Salvation Army works in 109 countries and 175 languages across the globe.
When the Restoration Parliament enacted the Clarendon Code, its restrictive provisions effectively criminalized the practice of the nonconformist church. In search of tolerance for themselves and others, through the late 1600s thousands of Quakers found a new life in the Delaware Valley.
Like their fathers in World War II, the American GIs in Vietnam went out of their way to help the victims of the war.
In Britain as on the Continent, the Middle Ages were a golden era of monasticism that saw the flowering of grand foundations of surpassing architectural beauty. Ironically, the dawn of the English Renaissance signaled their demise.
John Knox has been roughly handled by posterity, leaving him a reputation that some historians argue is undeserved.
Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel captivates visitors with its elaborate 15th-century stonework and its mysterious legends.
Jesuit priest Joe Devlin became the champion of the Vietnamese boat people who fled to Thailand.
The legendary Lady Godiva was one of the founders and earliest rulers of the Midlands city of Coventry. Today, Coventry's past and present are in stark contrast.