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The Pictures Your History Teacher Couldn’t Show You

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70. 1864: Union Prisoners

At Andersonville Prison, federal prisoners of war wait to be given their food rations. This photograph was taken on August 17th, 1864, 9 months before the end of the Civil War. Conditions at Andersonville were dire, prisoners were malnourished, had little to no shelter, and there were not enough clothes or medicine to meet the demand of the number of prisoners. Captain Henry Wirz, the commandant at Andersonville, was executed on grounds of war crimes once the war had ended. Prison camps accounted for 56,000 deaths during the Civil War; 10% of the total death count of the war. 13,000 of these 56,000 prison camp deaths were at Andersonville Prison.

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69. 1926: KKK Ferris Wheel

In 1926, the KKK was at the height of its influence. This photo was posed for by members of the Klan in Cañon City, Colorado. Originally, a description of the event was written in the Cañon City Daily Record, the image was not included. Cañon City was the capital of Colorado for the KKK, and the Governor of Colorado, Clarence Morley was himself a Klansman. The picture was taken on April 27, 1926, and there are 41 Klansmen in the photo.

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