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American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

Anderson Shelter 1940. These bomb shelters were given free to needy people by the U.K.goverment in 1939.If you earned more than 5 Pounds a week you had to buy one for 7 Pounds. Soon after Sept. 1939 over 2 million families had these shelters in their gardens. from Etiennedup on flickr

WWI-Hazel Carter dressed as a man to follow her soldier husband John overseas into WWI. She was sent home when the disguise was revealed. Hazel died in 1918, while John was still overseas.

Beautiful portrait of a father and his three children. The informal pose is unusual for that time period. And yet it shows the love of this father who doesn't mind getting down on the floor with his little ones. I love the way the boy is hugging his father from behind and the way the father is leaning into his girls, it displays such tenderness. Glasgow, Scotland. ca. 1867

#History Pic: A Dutch woman who survived the "Hongerwinter", the Hungry Winter of 1944-45 in which the occupied Netherlands was denied any food or fuel by the Germans as punishment for supporting the Allies.

An American soldier with war orphans ‘adopted’ by his unit, London, 1943.

Chief Machinist Trammell presents his own Purple Heart (which he earned when he suffered wounds from a German 88 millimeter shell near Geilenkirchen) to Rosa De Greief whose life he saved when he rescued her from her bomb wrecked home in which her mother and sister perished.