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'Picturing Children' Shows More Than A Century Of African-American Childhoods

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side to build President Barack Obama's presidential library near the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught constitutional law. Paul Beaty/AP hide caption

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'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

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A typical Native American oyster deposit, or midden, dating to about 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists are finding clues to sustainable oysters harvesting in these remains. Torben Rick/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle during the opening of the Days of '76 Museum in Deadwood, S.D. Bald Eagle died on Friday at the age of 97. Tom Griffith/Rapid City Journal via AP hide caption

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David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy And Actor, Dies At 97

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A drawing of the first White House designed by architect James Hoban, who won the competition to design the president's new house in 1792. Building began that year and ended in 1800. AP hide caption

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Slave Labor And The 'Longer History' Of The White House

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Helen Gurley Brown in her office at Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1960s .The legendary editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)." Santi Visalli/Getty Images hide caption

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"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union soldier wrote in 1865. (Above) Union soldiers sit with their coffee in tin cups, their hard-tack, and a kettle at their feet. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

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A Brief History Of Spousal Speeches At Political Conventions

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Is This Really The Nastiest Election Season? Or Just Politics As Usual?

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