History Uncovered: 54 Stories Behind the Images

By Sophia Maddox | March 26, 2024

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." The legendary abolitionist and visionary Harriet Tubman in her later years, 1911.

When you look back at history there are moments that you can't help but feel like you've lived. Big, sweeping, epic moments that are etched in stone. But even more fascinating are the stories that exist between the bullet points. These jaw-dropping photos that tell the unknown stories are sure to amaze. Click ahead with fervor and plow through pictures and anecdotes about everything from World War II to Madonna, and even the early years of Walt Disney.

That's not all we have. There are eye-opening looks at Mother Nature, natural disasters, and indigenous people that you'd never see in your normal life. Keep some eye drops handy because there's a lot to learn and photos that will astound you. Onward! 

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It’s impossible to distill the life and work of Harriet Tubman into a few paragraphs. Born into slavery in 1820, Tubman escaped to freedom from Maryland in 1849 and began risking her life to help hundreds of people break away from slavery and the plantation system through a series of safehouses across the North. 

When she wasn’t helping slaves escape she was working as a cook and nurse for the Union Army. She even spied for the North during the war. After the war Tubman lived outside of Auburn, New York on a plot of land once owned by abolitionist Senator William H. Seward. This is where Tubman spent her final days with her friends and family. 

A boy reading in a destroyed bookshop in London, after a night of heavy bombing. October 1940

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At the onset of World War II the United Kingdom bore the brunt of the German army, enduring thousands of bombing runs throughout the summer and autumn of 1940. The Nazis attacked military targets just as harshly as they hit normal pillars of regular life. They went after civilian areas and between July and December 1940 about 23,000 British civilians lost their lives.

The people of England did their best to maintain a normal life, but for many people that meant going underground to bomb shelters for days at a time only to return to their favorite places completely blown out. Bombing raids continued throughout the war, making a scene like this unfortunately common place.