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An enormous portrait of George Washington hangs alongside swastika banners and American flags at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1939 during the German American Bund's Pro American Rally. Field of Vision hide caption

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When Nazis Took Manhattan

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Prisoners on work duty, filling sandbags in the "Big Red" work area. Paul Grossheim/Courtesy of Forsyth Library, Fort Hays State University hide caption

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The Forgotten History Of A Prison Uprising In Vietnam

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Gackenbach, whose duties included documenting the event with his camera, is the last surviving member of the Hiroshima mission. Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Airman Magazine hide caption

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Last Surviving Crew Member Has 'No Regrets' About Bombing Hiroshima

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Ninety-seven years after the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 took place, Oliva Hooker, 103, is thought to be the last surviving witness. Nellie Gilles/Radio Diaries hide caption

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Meet The Last Surviving Witness To The Tulsa Race Riot Of 1921

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In the 1930s and '40s many people sent love letters to each other by sending their voices on records. Thomas Y. Levin/Phono-Post Archive at Princeton University. hide caption

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Voice In The Mail: Audio Love Letters Were Hot In The 1930s And '40s

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Formed in 1965, Jane was an underground network in Chicago that counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. (From left) Martha Scott, Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, Abby Parisers, Sheila Smith and Madeline Schwenk were among the seven members of Jane arrested in 1972. Courtesy of Martha Scott hide caption

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Before 'Roe v. Wade,' The Women of 'Jane' Provided Abortions For The Women Of Chicago

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(Left to right) Promoter Eddie Jaffe (center) watches Rubin "Hurricane" Carter sign a contract before a fight in 1964; Sharon Griggins; Eddie Arroyo weighs in at Arlington Park in Chicago; policeman Renault Robinson in 1970. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images; Courtesy of Sharon Griggins; Courtesy of Eddie Arroyo; Lee Balterman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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'Working' Then And Now: Sharon Griggins, Phone Operator

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'Working' Then And Now: Terkel Talks To Car Parker Known As 'One Swing Al'

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Before 'Humans Of New York,' Terkel Showed Dignity In Everyday People In 'Working'

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Studs Terkel talks on his Chicago radio show in the late 1970s. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

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Majd kept a journal about a time in her life when she was torn between getting married or going to school. Courtesy of Madj hide caption

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Diary Of A Saudi Girl: Karate Lover, Science Nerd ... Bride?

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Bing Crosby, who was one of the most popular musicians of the time, recorded "Ballad for Americans." via Radio Diaries hide caption

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'Ballad For Americans' Sent 'Message Of Unity' In 1940 Presidential Race

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"I knew why they chose Rosa" Parks instead of her as a symbol of the civil rights movement, Colvin says. "They thought I would be too militant for them." Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

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Prolific Songwriter Rose Marie McCoy Was Largely Unknown

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President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Di­az Ordaz, with their wives, celebrate the dedication of the Chamizal Monument in Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 28, 1967. The monument signified the international boundary marker between the two countries, designated in 1964. Yoichi Okam/Courtesy of the LBJ Presidential Library hide caption

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50 Years Ago, A Fluid Border Made The U.S. 1 Square Mile Smaller

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