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portrait of Jacob Riis

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Jacob Riis

June 7, 2018

Jacob Riis (May 3, 1849—May 26, 1914) was a photojournalist who documented the lives of poor New Yorkers in the 1890s. He published the photographs in his book How the Other Half Lives. The pictures shocked Americans and inspired a…

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Thomas Jefferson

May 25, 2018

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743–July 4, 1826) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He drafted the Declaration of Independence, served as the country’s first secretary of state, and was elected the third U.S. president. As president,…

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Justice for All

February 16, 2018

On September 4, 1957, 14-year-old Carlotta Walls and eight other black teenagers approached Little Rock Central High School, in Arkansas. It was supposed to be their first day of school, but angry protesters threatened the students, and Arkansas National Guardsmen…

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To the Moon and Beyond!

December 10, 2017

In 1961, United States president John F. Kennedy challenged NASA to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. At the time, it seemed like mission impossible. But only eight years later, the space agency met…

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Pictures of 2017

December 4, 2017

What will you remember most about 2017? The past 12 months have been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. Like every year, 2017 was action-packed. Around the world, events big and small led to moments of sadness and joy.…

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Mummies Revealed!

May 5, 2017

New tools help scientists look inside mummies without damaging them. If you visit the new Mummies show at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), in New York City, don’t miss the mummy called the Gilded Lady. Her case is…

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United States

Where are the Women?

March 20, 2017

Walk through any park in the United States and you will see historic statues. But how many are statues of women? In New York City's Central Park, there are statues of Mother Goose, Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Juliet (with…

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Remembering the March

February 19, 2016

TIME for Kids looks back at the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28, 1963, people from all over the country poured into Washington, D.C. Many held signs: “We March…

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Inspiring a Nation

January 1, 2015

This content is related to The March, a virtual-reality museum exhibit. In the years leading up to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, civil rights leaders and activists had been protesting our nation’s injustices. They encouraged people…

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Remembering the Model T

October 3, 2008

On October 1, 1908, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T. It was an instant hit. The car came only in black. But at $850, it cost about half as much as other cars on the market. By 1918,…