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More than 180,000 African Americans served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Nearly 40,000 of them lost their lives.

Black Men Are Beautiful. | black-culture: More than 180,000...

Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal. But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet. ~ LIFE

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84 year old woman who was, by her own words, born two years before the surrender of the Confederacy, Mississippi, United States, 1947, photograph by Dorothea Lange.

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An Irish migrant mother, 32, who has seven hungry children, living in a tent camp in Nipomo, California. Photograph by Dorothea Lange, March 1936.

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November 1936. "American River camp, Sacramento, California. Destitute family. Five children, aged two to seventeen years."

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Five Plus Pup: 1936

A homeless boy sleeping in a box in Seattle's Hooverville, 1933.

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An Oklahoma dugout photographed c. 1909. The family is probably sitting in the only available shade. Source: From a picture postcard series by J. V. Dedrick

A Life Lived Under The Earth

First day of integration at Clinton High School. Tennessee, 1956. By Robert W. Kelley

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Young boy attending Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech. 1963.

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This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a Civil War Ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefiled. It shows a horse-drawn ambulance, and the Zouave uniforms of this unit.

Old Picture of the Day: Civil War Ambulance Crew

A marcher braving the wind and rain during the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights, March 1965.

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Windows are bricked up on the East Berline side during the construction of the Berlin Wall, Germany, November 1961 © Don McCullin / Contact Press Images / LUZphoto

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Katsinas of Hopi Powamu Ceremony, Walpi Pueblo, Arizona, 1893, James Mooney, Bureau of American Ethnology.

Kachinas and Rock Art.

A rare image of an authentic Brule War Party. It was taken in 1907 by Edward S. Curtis.

Brule War Party

The bad old days: 1950s West German border police (left) stare down the East after a young woman makes it across the line #history

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"Get the hell ot of my race and give me those numbers." After realizing a woman was running Boston marathon organizer Jock Semple went after Kathrine Switzer. Other runners blocked him and she went on to finish the race. 1967 (five years later, women were officially allowed to compete)

57 Incredibles Photos Taken Throughout History - Caveman Circus

September 11, 2001: Unbelievable Picture Of People Watching The South Tower Collapse

Unbelievable Picture Of People Watching The South Tower Collapse

Twitter / HistoricalPics: A black policeman protects a KKK member, as protesters were closing in on them at a rally in Austin, Texas 1983.

Twitter / HistoricalPics: A black policeman protects ...

A Vietnamese woman carries her children and possessions on bamboo pole as she tries to escape fierce fighting in the Cholon suburb of Saigon during the Viet Cong Mini Tet offensive of the Vietnam War in May 1968 --- Image by © Nik Wheeler/Corbis

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A couple who’d moved into an all-white neighbourhood looks at graffiti scrawled in front of their home. Chicago, 1957. Francis Miller

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Don McCullin, West Berlin, Germany, November 1961

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AUG. 9, 1945 The exact moment of detonation at Nagasaki is captured in this remarkable photograph. Notice the three people in the foreground, as yet unaware that anything has happened. The destruction of Nagasaki followed that of Hiroshima by three days and compelled Japan to surrender, ending World War II.

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A dying soldier clutching to a priest after being hit by sniper fire. Whether you're religious or not, this soldier was given comfort in this last moments by an extraordinary brave man.

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    This acción where Venezuela in puerto cabello. Una rebelión de izquierda militar... Años después vendría.. Hugo chavez.. Un monarca rojo

November 9, 1989, Berlin, Germany.

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(from "The 32 most powerful images ever taken" article) Prisoner stares with no fear at Heinrich Himmler, one of the chief architects of the holocaust and chief of the gestapo. Photo credits: unknown

The 32 most powerful images ever taken