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Great Dismal Swamp, in Virginia and North Carolina, was once thought to be haunted. For generations of escaped slaves, says archaeologist Dan Sayers, the swamp was a haven. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

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One of America's favorite bites: the hotdog. Here, a man and women enjoy the dogs at a California fair in 1905. Courtesy of Sourcebooks hide caption

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

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1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, shown in an undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society, is expected to get the nation's highest military decoration --€” the Medal of Honor --” this summer, nearly 150 years after he died at the Battle of Gettysburg. Wisconsin Historical Society/AP hide caption

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Waverly Adcock, a sergeant and founder of the West Augusta Guard, prepares his company for inspection and battle at a Civil War re-enactment in Virginia. Sara Smith, whose great-great-grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, holds the Confederate battle flag. Courtesy of Jesse Dukes hide caption

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

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Students line a busy intersection and overpass in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., on Sept. 25, protesting a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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After Protests Over History Curriculum, School Board Tries To Compromise

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A print in The Illustrated London News of Dec. 3, 1864, depicts Election Day in a wealthy (top) and poor (bottom) neighborhood in New York. The top caption reads: "A polling-place in the 'upper ten.' " The bottom caption reads: "A polling-place among the 'lower twenty.' " Click Here To See A Full-Size Image Library of Congress hide caption

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Why Are Elections On Tuesdays?

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Released in 1963 and marketed with cosmetic updates ever since, the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced generations of American kids to the kitchen. But it wasn't the first toy to do so... Hasbro hide caption

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