Most Amish today will not pose for a photograph. Considering it a violation of the Second Commandment, which prohibits the making of "graven images," the Amish believe any physical representation of themselves (whether a photograph, a painting, or film) promotes individualism and vanity, taking away from the values of community and humility by which they govern their lives. Occasionally, Amish people did have their photos taken, as you can see with the couple in the first image who likely went to a studio for their portrait in 1875. But by the time photography became popular in America in the mid-19th century and photographers and researchers armed with cameras began appearing in Amish communities, most Amish objected to appearing in or posing for photographs entirely.
The images in this gallery were all taken between 1875 and 1942.
What happened when the lights went out in New York City on July 13, 1977?
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.
A nostalgic and humorous look at how old world Chicago lives side by side with the new.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.