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From the beginning of the war, blacks clamored to enlist in the Union army. After 1863, they were permitted to do so. By the end of the war, nearly 190,000 black troops had risked their lives for the Union.

From the beginning of the war, blacks clamored to enlist in the Union army. After 1863, they were permitted to do so. By the end of the war, nearly 190,000 black troops had risked their lives for the Union.

Explorers in the mould of Magellan, Columbus and Vasco de Gama were mad men. Would you sail off into the unknown? This infographic looks at the age of exploration.

Explorers in the mould of Magellan, Columbus and Vasco de Gama were mad men. Would you sail off into the unknown? This infographic looks at the age of exploration.

An interesting look into prohibition, which was in effect in the United States from 1920-1933.

An interesting look into prohibition, which was in effect in the United States from 1920-1933.

A mob’s attack on Union troops in Baltimore in the earliest days of the war prompted Lincoln to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare martial law.

A mob’s attack on Union troops in Baltimore in the earliest days of the war prompted Lincoln to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare martial law.

"Defining moments of a generation - < I originally pinned this at my Baby Boomer board ... http://www.pinterest.com/pin/507710557964025819/ . >

"Defining moments of a generation - < I originally pinned this at my Baby Boomer board ... http://www.pinterest.com/pin/507710557964025819/ . >

On August 14, 1945, at seven o’clock, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. Crowds spontaneously took to the streets.

On August 14, 1945, at seven o’clock, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. Crowds spontaneously took to the streets.

Adolf Hitler - another creepy photo of him scaring a child. They knew evil when they saw ( smelled) it!:

Adolf Hitler - another creepy photo of him scaring a child. They knew evil when they saw ( smelled) it!:

Unidentified baseball players wearing masks which they thought would keep them from getting flu during the influenza epidemic of 1918. // The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Scenes From a Cataclysm | LIFE.com

Unidentified baseball players wearing masks which they thought would keep them from getting flu during the influenza epidemic of 1918. // The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Scenes From a Cataclysm | LIFE.com