16 Pictures That Look Simple Until You Know Real Story
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6Something in the water
This picture was taken by Horace Cort and it perfectly captures the instability and viciousness of the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. In this picture, we see a group of black and white young people swimming in the pool of a Monson Motor Lodge, while the manager is pouring bleach on them. Seven days before this, Martin Luther King Jr. had been arrested for trespassing at this same lodge. People protested then by swimming in the “white only” pool. Then the motel manager Jimmy Brock poured a bottle of muriatic acid into the pool to scare the protesters away.
7Child for sale
The post-war periods were tough for everyone. There were recession and unemployment on a massive scale. In this picture, his mother Lucille Chalifoux, pregnant with her fifth child and hiding her face due to embarrassment. As the board reads, she was auctioning off her four children. Her husband had lost his job and the family was evicted. To avid homelessness and starvation, they decided to sell off their children. They were all bought off and some of them probably forced into slavery.
8A heart-breaking picture
This is not a romantic picture. This is not a happy picture. One spring morning in 1954, Jon Gaunt, a photographer for the Los Angeles Times was in the front yard of his beach house when he heard a commotion. He grabbed his camera and rushed to the beach. He saw a couple there, clutching each other, their faces marked with disbelief. Their 19 month-old