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Black cowboys were more common than the 1950s westerns let us believe. Here's Bill Pickett's story: http://ow.ly/XaV2307UcUL
“Almost totally missing from the traditional history of the American West is the role of the Black cowboy as well as other Black pioneers who traveled through and settled during the nineteenth century in the vast territory west of the Mississippi,” writes Bennie J. McRae, Jr. in a1996 book, Lest We Forget.
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With the Paralympics underway in Rio, some of you might be interested in how the wheelchair came about: http://ow.ly/fBkA3046xXq
Wheelchairs today offer a very high level of independence and mobility for those who cannot walk. Here's how were they invented.
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Looks like the Patriot game last night, doesn't it? http://ow.ly/S5z1O
Washington, D.C., 1912. "Football -- Georgetown-Carlisle game; Glenn Warner." The College Football Hall of Famer who was coach of the Carlisle (Pa.) Indian Industrial School. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
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Somehow I don't think the Cancer Society would think this was a good idea for publicity today. This was 1958: http://ow.ly/RfJP5
Chicago circa 1958. "American Cancer Society -- Circus lion tamer." Would you take a check? 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy News Archive.
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Music scholar finds forgotten songs from My Fair Lady at the Library of Congress http://ow.ly/ODE0v Cut be cause show was too long.
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The U.S. Army turns 240 today! Amazing. Think of all the soldiers through all those years who have fought for us: http://ow.ly/Oi4js
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Playoffs 2016: A good time to consider the protective gear worn in baseball: the catcher's mask: http://ow.ly/5Xtt3057B1T #playoffs
In today's game of baseball, the catcher's mask is a fundamental piece of equipment. No catcher would go on the field without it.
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TIME has an interview with the photog. of "Falling Man" from 9-11. To look back is so sad but so important: http://ow.ly/fKef3045FuU :
Most images from 9/11 are of towers, not people. Falling Man is different
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Anyone looking for info on LGBT issues will like knowing of this archive at USC: http://ow.ly/RIk4g
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Firetruck 1921: http://ow.ly/QMwOb
San Francisco, 1921. "Sonora Fire Dept. (Tuolumne County) REO truck at Engine Company No. 15 firehouse, California Street." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection.
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@TIME has early photos of the Statue of Liberty--some while it was on display in France: http://ow.ly/OrPVs
It was displayed in Paris and Philadelphia before arriving in NYC in 1885
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Celebrating little-known stories of America’s past
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Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past.

These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around and find what inspires you!

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