Soldier John S. Sonnen had more than just his "girl back home" to miss during his two years away from home. He and his wife, Georgiana, had a son, Stuart, who was 18 months old at the time of John's enlistment. This photograph of Georgiana and Stuart, taken in 1943, was carried by John throughout his Army career as a gentle reminder of his loved ones "back home."
Arthur Macarthur was a brave teenaged officer in the Civil War. He won the Medal of Honor at 18, and was a Lt. Col by the age of 19. Years later his son, Douglas MacArthur, would also win the Medal of Honor - making them one of only two Father-Son recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Tad Lincoln, Abe Lincoln's son, was a a wild child. Before Abe became president, Tad would often trash his father's law office in Illinois. He never attended formal school but went through many private tutors who couldn't handle him. He was allowed everywhere in the White House and would often interrupt his father's meetings, bring animals inside and charge people to meet his father. He had a speech impediment that often made him impossible to understand. He died at 18 from tuberculosis.
This is a photo of the first Black girl to attend an all white school in the United States—Dorothy Counts—being jeered and taunted by her white, male peers. This photo encompasses a lot of things that I really hate: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality…but it also encompasses strength, determination, inspiration.
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I | ca. 1975 B.C. | Egyptian; From the tomb of Wah, western Thebes. Carnelian and linen thread; blue-glazed steatite and linen thread; carnelian, turquoise, moss agate, amethyst, milky quartz, green-glazed steatite, and twisted linen cord