This premiere episode deals with the story of Alabama Senator Oscar W. Underwood, whose opposition to Prohibition and the Ku Klux Klan cost him the Democratic presidential nomination in 1924 and later his Senate seat.
Mary McDowell, a teacher with strong religious convictions, refuses to sign a loyalty oath during World War I and loses her position because of this.
In 1849, Democrat Senator Thomas Hart Benton turns against his party to oppose the expansion of slavery into Missouri.
Richard Ely, fired for teaching socialist ideas at the University of Wisconsin, successfully sues to get his job back and thus sets the stage for generations of radical moonbat professors.
Texas statesman Sam Houston fights to keep his state in the Union upon the outbreak of the Civil War.
Georgia governor John M. Slaton becomes the target of violent threats when he commutes the death sentence of Jewish convicted murderer Leo Frank in 1915.
Boston lawyer (and future President) John Adams risks his law practice and political future when he agrees to defend British troops who participated in the Boston Massacre in 1770.
Senator Robert A. Taft, a leader in the Republican Party, criticizes the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials as illegal examples of ex post facto laws. This stance may have cost him his party's nomination for President in 1948 and 1952.
Anne Hutchinson takes a stand against bigotry and religious intolerance in Puritan New England.
General Alexander W. Doniphan defies direct orders to execute Mormon religious leader Joseph Smith in 1838 Missouri.
Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld sees his political career in tatters after pardoning three men involved in the notorious Haymarket Massacre.
Fugitive slave Frederick Douglass risks his freedom to speak out against the evils of slavery during the days before the Civil War.
The story of famed Senate orator Daniel Webster and his role in the Compromise of 1850 which saved the Union (albeit for only a decade).
President Woodrow Wilson alienates many when he nominates the Jewish Louis Brandeis to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.
The story of educator Prudence Crandall who founded a school for young women of color in 1833 Connecticut.
Tennessee's Andrew Johnson becomes the only Southern senator to support his state remaining with the Union during the Civil War
The story of Hamilton Fish, who held numerous important government positions in post-Civil War politics.
The story of Charles Evans Hughes, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 1916, and later became Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court where he opposed many of FDR's New Deal policies.
The political career of Kansas senator Edmund G. Ross is finished when he casts the deciding vote against removing President Andrew Johnson from office in 1869.
Nebraska senator George W. Norris votes against declaring war on Germany in 1917.
President Grover Cleveland loses re-election mainly because of his veto of a benefits bill for Civil War veterans which he thought was fiscally irresponsible.
Massachusetts Congressman (and former President) John Quincy Adams takes the case of a group of captured African slaves who are legally seeking their freedom and return to their homeland.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall finds his handling of Aaron Burr's treason trial in 1807 under fire from the Jefferson Administration.
A Colorado judge leads the fight against civic corruption and for the establishment of a juvenile court in Denver.
Founding Father George Mason refuses to support the U.S. Constitution unless it includes a Bill of Rights.
Ohio Senator Thomas Corwin opposes the entry of the United States into war with Mexico in 1847.