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American History

People and events that shaped our country.

Discharged from military service, 1945

Occupational. Woman with washing machine in Watkins, NY 1860s

Chinatown residents converse with two US Navy sailors, who are obviously attempting to entice them into enlisting.

Ed Mauser, who was the oldest living member of Easy Company, the Band of Brothers, died on Friday at the age of 94. Another member of the Greatest Generation was lost. “Don’t call me a hero,” Mauser told the Lincoln Journal Star in a 2009 interview. “I was just one of the boys. I did what I was told, and let’s leave it at that.”

President-elect Abraham Lincoln, February 24, 1861 by Alexander Gardner, 1821-1882

James Madison general welfare quote

Lincoln's funeral car-ledgend has it everyear on that day it is seen traveling by on it's route to Springfield...

Col. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, hand-to-hand combat expert, 1943. Known for ordering trainee Marines to attempt to kill him with bayonets, and disarming them all.

The house in which Lincoln died, at 453 (now 516) 10th Street, NW., was built by William Petersen, a tailor of Swedish descent, in 1849. It is a three-story building, with the basement only slightly below the street level. Since the house had more rooms than the family required, he rented his extra rooms to lodgers

Statue of Liberty

One of the most iconic images in American history: On Nov. 25, 1963 -- his third birthday -- John Jr. salutes the casket of his father, who was assassinated three days earlier.