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Ministers picketing a Woolworth store in New York City to protest racial segregation at the lunch counters of the chain's Southern branches, 1960.
Nonviolent Protests of the Civil Rights Movement

The Sit-In That Led to a Wider Movement

Throughout the American civil rights movement, individuals challenged racial discrimination through peaceful means. They sat politely at counters, submitted to arrests, or prayed when confronted with violence. Though not all activists supported such mannerly demonstrations, nonviolent protests helped the movement gain civil rights legislation.


Faking Shakespeare

Forging Shakespeare to Impress His Dad

William-Henry Ireland's father thought he was dull, uninspired, and talentless. So William-Henry began a project that would lead to national excitement, a riot, and with any luck, the love and adoration of his father. He forged an “undiscovered” new play by William Shakespeare—and it actually premiered on a London stage.

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These extinct reptiles are a source of fascination for young and old. Explore six of the more than 1,000 known species of dinosaur.

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