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    The Dust Bowl, also known as the "Dirty Thirties", was a series of dust storms caused by a massive drought and decades of inappropriate farming techniques that began in 1930 and lasted until 1941. This ecological disaster caused a mass exodus from the Oklahoma Panhandle region and also the surrounding Great Plains. Around 300,000 to 400,000 Americans were displaced. Topsoil across millions of acres was blown away because the indigenous sod had been broken for wheat farming and the vast herds ...

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The Walker sisters at home in Sevier County, Tennessee, c.1962 ~ Margaret Jane (seated) Louisa Susan. The Walker farmstead was originally built settled by 1870. The farm was placed on the Nat'l Register of Historic Places in 1976. It has since been restored maintained by the Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (bottom pic). Wikipedia entry ~ en.wikipedia.org/... #South #Southern

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Somewhere in a forest,there were cars hidden in the overgrowth, looking like a scene out of a nuclear apocalypse, or a Fallout games. In fact they’re in the Ardennes Forest belong to the American service men, after the war they were responsible for shipping their vehicles back of which they could not afford. Instead, the cars were brought up to a clearing in the forest, parked and left.

A picture of two children in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942

Unpublished. The Great Ohio River Flood, Louisville, Kentucky, 1937. Read more: life.time.com/...

The Ford Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

Auschwitz..... NEVER FORGET! (70th Anniversary of liberation today.)

J.B. Moore and his family, including two visiting relatives, were murdered in this home by an intruder on June 12, 1912. The case remains unsolved, but suspects at the time included a traveling preacher and then-U.S. Senator Frank F. Jones. Jones was a business partner of Moore's, and the two had bitterly parted ways in the weeks before the murder. The landmark Villisca Axe Murder House now operates as a museum…a fate not uncommon to properties too spooky for residential use.

So if you attract pigeons with bread, what did THAT guy throw outside? Freedom. | The 29 Most American Things That Have Ever Happened

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938. A mental patient strapped into a continuous-flow tub. This method was used to calm down the patient. Their bodies were greased, which enabled them to remain in the tub for hours and gradually fall asleep.

Eleanor Roosevelt took advantage of her role as First Lady and spoke out about children's and women's rights, as well as human rights. Instead of staying in the back, she held press conferences where she was a voice for racial discrimination and the poor. She is now considered one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.

You are viewing an original photograph of a Tipi in the Snow. The photo was taken by Curtis in 1908. The picture shows two men on horseback in front of a Tipi.

Newly discovered artifacts, photographs, and journals tell the story of 350 American GIs who were held as prisoners of war in one of Hitler's most secretive slave labor camps, known as Berga. Most of the American GIs weighed around 160 to 170 pounds when they arrived at Berga. When they were released ten weeks later, most of the survivors weighed around 80 to 90 pounds.

The last faces of American slavery: Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than 70 years after being freed.

This was the Ford 1934 Ford V-8 Deluxe that Bonnie and Clyde stole and eventually died in, on May 22, 1934, in Louisiana. Bonnie’s body is visible in the front passenger seat. Check out this awesome WorthPoint article!

The Rosewood Massacre, 1923 - a predominantly black town was wiped out and many killed by a white mob, because of false allegations made by a white woman. Remaining residents abandoned the town. The initial report of the Rosewood incident presented less than a month after the massacre claimed there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. Thus no one was charged with any of the Rosewood murders.

Rosa Parks: Change the world in a single bus ride? Rosa Parks did. Parks wasn’t the first African American to refuse to give up her seat for a white passenger on public transit, but she was the one who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which made the US civil rights movement world news. Parks reminds us that even small acts of defiance can have a huge impact. Photo: Mickey Adair

Civil War battlefield site in Shiloh in southern Tennessee

Martin Luther King Jr being attacked as he marched nonviolently for the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966

June 15, 1963, mourners march to the Jackson, Miss., funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

evolution of the soda can, 1950 to 2013 Though the product rarely changes from the standard tooth rotting sugar water, it's interesting to note the many changes our favorite soft drinks cans have undergone through the years. Below is an image that tracks the changing American-based can designs of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7UP, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush and Squirt from the 50's to their current renditions.

Annie Oakley in Columbus, Ohio, 1893, wearing a new dress she sewed of peau de soir. Photo courtesy The Annie Oakley Foundation

States & Capitals/Presidents Bookmark..Have students make this and then research a topic..how many related?, assassinated?, re-elected?, no vp?, etc. Endless ways to cross the curriculum with history and ELA!

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

Appalachian woman peels apples before making apple butter. Earl Palmer, photographer