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The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US), or America, is a country primarily located in North America, consisting of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million square kilometers), it is the world's third- or fourth-largest country by total area. With a population of more than 328 million people, it is the third most populous country in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago, and European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Disputes over taxation and political representation with Great Britain led to the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which established independence. In the late 18th century, the U.S. began vigorously expanding across North America, gradually acquiring new territories, oftentimes killing and displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states; by 1848, the United States spanned the continent. Slavery was legal in the southern United States until the second half of the 19th century when the American Civil War led to its abolition. The Spanish–American War and World War I established the U.S. as a world power, a status confirmed by the outcome of World War II. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in various proxy wars but avoided direct military conflict. They also competed in the Space Race, culminating in the 1969 spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The revolutions of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 ended the Cold War. This left the United States as the world's sole superpower, with immense authority in global geopolitics.

The United States is a federal republic and a representative democracy with three separate branches of government, including a bicameral legislature. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), NATO, and other international organizations. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The U.S. ranks high in international measures of economic freedom, quality of life, and quality of higher education. Despite considerable income and wealth disparities, especially across racial divisions compared to other rich countries, the United States continuously ranks high in measures of socioeconomic performance and receives relatively high ratings for human rights, despite criticism for its high incarceration rates, being the only Western country to regularly use capital punishment, and its lack of universal health care among other issues. It is also one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world, often called a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Its population has been profoundly shaped by centuries of immigration.

A highly developed country, the United States accounts for approximately a quarter of global gross domestic product (GDP) and is the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. By value, the United States is the world's largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods. Although its population is only 4.2% of the world total, it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share held by any country. Making up more than a third of global military spending, it is the foremost military power in the world and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.

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The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skyscraper

The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skys...

Title, date, and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The 33-story building was developed by Cousins Properties from November 2001 to December 2003. It was the first high- rise building t... More

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Railroad in Durango, Colorado

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Huge Lego Spaceship in the Mall of America

Grand Rounds Scenic Byway - Huge Lego Spaceship in the Mall of America

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: A lego spaceman hovers in the air above mall walkers. Location: Location: Minnesota (44.854° N 93.243° W) Status: Public domain. Photo... More

Hackberry General Store, Route 66, Hackberry, Arizona

Hackberry General Store, Route 66, Hackberry, Arizona

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase ; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-201... More

Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. This stain glass in Neiman Marcus on Union Square, was once in The City of Paris store. The architectural centerpiece of the building is the original rotu... More

Pops Route 66 Restaurant and gift shop, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops Route 66 Restaurant and gift shop, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2010... More

Neon sign at the Horseshoe Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Neon sign at the Horseshoe Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Historic Electric City sign, restored in 2008, shines again. Scranton, Pennsylvania

Historic Electric City sign, restored in 2008, shines again. Scranton,...

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase ; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-201... More

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Street names commemorate two early San Francisco leaders: Pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight and Munroe Ashbury. The district is noted for its role ... More

Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Mardi Gras is organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common are strings of plastic colorful beads, doubloons... More

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Francisco, California

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Franc...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California

Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Califo...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Railroad in Durango, Colorado

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Joined Couple LACMA AC1996.146.21

Joined Couple LACMA AC1996.146.21

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joined_Couple_LACMA_AC1996.146.21.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Joined Couple..Description.: Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Sc... More

Musicians LACMA M.86.296.26

Musicians LACMA M.86.296.26

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Musicians_LACMA_M.86.296.26.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Musicians..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Sculpture.: Slip-pai... More

Juggler LACMA M.86.296.97 (1 of 2)

Juggler LACMA M.86.296.97 (1 of 2)

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Juggler_LACMA_M.86.296.97_(1_of_2).jpg ) ..Description..Title.Juggler (image 1 of 2)..Description..: Mexico, Jalisco, 200 B.C. - A.D. 200.: ... More

Juggler LACMA M.86.296.97 (2 of 2)

Juggler LACMA M.86.296.97 (2 of 2)

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Juggler_LACMA_M.86.296.97_(2_of_2).jpg ) ..Description..Title.Juggler (image 2 of 2)..Description..: Mexico, Jalisco, 200 B.C. - A.D. 200.: ... More

Standing Figures LACMA M.83.217.29a-b

Standing Figures LACMA M.83.217.29a-b

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Standing_Figures_LACMA_M.83.217.29a-b.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Standing Figures..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. ... More

Musicians LACMA M.86.296.205

Musicians LACMA M.86.296.205

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Musicians_LACMA_M.86.296.205.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Musicians..Description..: Mexico, Colima, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Sculpture.: Shell.: ... More

Seated Figure LACMA M.86.296.58

Seated Figure LACMA M.86.296.58

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Figure_LACMA_M.86.296.58.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Figure..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Scu... More

Seated Male Figure LACMA M.86.296.41 (2 of 2)

Seated Male Figure LACMA M.86.296.41 (2 of 2)

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Male_Figure_LACMA_M.86.296.41_(2_of_2).jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Male Figure (image 2 of 2)..Description..: Mexico, Jalisco, ... More

Seated Male Figure LACMA AC1996.146.20

Seated Male Figure LACMA AC1996.146.20

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Male_Figure_LACMA_AC1996.146.20.jpg ) .Description..Title.Seated Male Figure..Description.Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 5... More

Seated Female Figure LACMA M.86.296.21

Seated Female Figure LACMA M.86.296.21

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Female_Figure_LACMA_M.86.296.21.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Female Figure..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - ... More

Seated Male Figure LACMA M.86.296.55

Seated Male Figure LACMA M.86.296.55

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Male_Figure_LACMA_M.86.296.55.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Male Figure..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D.... More

Seated Figure LACMA AC1992.134.3

Seated Figure LACMA AC1992.134.3

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Figure_LACMA_AC1992.134.3.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Figure..Description.: Sculpture.: Buff ceramic with slip.: Height: 11 7/... More

Pole Ceremony LACMA M.86.296.35

Pole Ceremony LACMA M.86.296.35

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pole_Ceremony_LACMA_M.86.296.35.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Pole Ceremony..Description..: Mexico, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Sculpture.: ... More

Seated Warrior LACMA M.86.296.118

Seated Warrior LACMA M.86.296.118

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seated_Warrior_LACMA_M.86.296.118.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Seated Warrior..Description..: Mexico, Colima, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500.: Sculpture.... More

Dwarf Figurine Whistle LACMA AC1992.134.21

Dwarf Figurine Whistle LACMA AC1992.134.21

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dwarf_Figurine_Whistle_LACMA_AC1992.134.21.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Dwarf Figurine Whistle..Description..: Mexico, Maya, 600-800.: Tools a... More

Dwarf Figurine Whistle LACMA AC1992.134.20

Dwarf Figurine Whistle LACMA AC1992.134.20

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dwarf_Figurine_Whistle_LACMA_AC1992.134.20.jpg ) ..Description..Title.Dwarf Figurine Whistle..Description..: Mexico, Maya, 600-800.: Sculptu... More

Female Figure Whistle LACMA M.83.217.38 (2 of 2)

Female Figure Whistle LACMA M.83.217.38 (2 of 2)

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Female_Figure_Whistle_LACMA_M.83.217.38_(2_of_2).jpg ) ..Description..Title.Female Figure Whistle (image 2 of 2)..Description..: Mexico, Cam... More

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Stained-glass window in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stained-glass window in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette Univer...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

The St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisco...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

Stained-glass window in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stained-glass window in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette Univer...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

Creative "diver" neon sign at the old Starlight Motel in Mesa, a small Arizona city that became one of sprawling Phoenix's many suburbs. The city far predates Phoenix; it was the site of 15th-Century Indian canals and, four centuries later, was one of several western communities founded by Mormon settlers

Creative "diver" neon sign at the old Starlight Motel in Mesa, a small...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The city far predates Phoenix; it was the site of 15th-Century Indian canals and, four centuries later, was one of several western com... More

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Southern California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Mission San Juan Capistrano was a Spanish mission in Southern California, located in present-day San Juan Capistrano. It was founded on All Saints Day Nov... More

Sanctuary of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sanctuary of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Mil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

Sanctuary of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sanctuary of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Mil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

Altar of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Altar of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwauk...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. It was dedicated to Joan of Arc in 1966 after it had been moved from its previous location on Long Island, New York. It was originally... More

National Memorial Baptist Church, on the corner of Columbia Rd. and 15th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

National Memorial Baptist Church, on the corner of Columbia Rd. and 15...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

1333 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

1333 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Jewish Community Center, 16th St. near intersection with Q St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Jewish Community Center, 16th St. near intersection with Q St., NW, Wa...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

The musicians in the "Dueling Pianos Road Show" perform in the mile-long, mainly 16th Street pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado

The musicians in the "Dueling Pianos Road Show" perform in the mile-lo...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Church of Christ, 16th St. near the intersection with Decatur St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Church of Christ, 16th St. near the intersection with Decatur St., NW,...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Trinity AME Zion Church, 16th St. near intersection with Meridan Pl., NW, Washington, D.C.

Trinity AME Zion Church, 16th St. near intersection with Meridan Pl., ...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

The Elizabeth II, a representative 16th-century sailing vessel in Festival Park in Manteo, a community on Roanoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands and Splits off the coast that locals like to call the "OBX"

The Elizabeth II, a representative 16th-century sailing vessel in Fest...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2017; (DLC/PP-2016:103-7). Forms part of: Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the ... More

Musician Donavon Cline and his adoring dog Boston in the mile-long 16th Street mainly pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado

Musician Donavon Cline and his adoring dog Boston in the mile-long 16t...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 80 years of productions in 2017 in Manteo, a community on Roanoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 8...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The play describes the late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, in North ... More

Mexican Cultural Institute, located on 16th St., near intersection with Harvard St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Mexican Cultural Institute, located on 16th St., near intersection wit...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Sixth Presbyterian Church, 5400 block of 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Sixth Presbyterian Church, 5400 block of 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Church of Christ, 16th St. near the intersection with Decatur St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Church of Christ, 16th St. near the intersection with Decatur St., NW,...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Apartment buildings, 16th St. near intersection with W St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Apartment buildings, 16th St. near intersection with W St., NW, Washin...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Trinity AME Zion Church, 16th St. near intersection with Meridan Pl., NW, Washington, D.C.

Trinity AME Zion Church, 16th St. near intersection with Meridan Pl., ...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

America (part of a set of four)

America (part of a set of four)

The scene on these plates (59.208.30–.33) are copied from engravings by Cornelis van Daten the Younger (1638–1664) of designs by Dirk Barentsz (1534–1592). After a composition by Cornelis van Daten the Younger ... More

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 80 years of productions in 2017 in Manteo, a community on Roanoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 8...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The play describes the late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, in North ... More

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 80 years of productions in 2017 in Manteo, a community on Roanoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks

Scene from "The Lost Colony," a historical outdoor drama that marked 8...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The play describes the late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, in North ... More

Shanice, Royal, and Marquita Harris the caricatures just completed by sketch artist Ben Bloss in the mile-long 16th Street pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado. Marquita Harris also holds the sketch of her younger daughter, Shanice

Shanice, Royal, and Marquita Harris the caricatures just completed by ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

Carnegie Institution of Washington, 16th St. at intersection with P St., NW, Washington, D.C

Carnegie Institution of Washington, 16th St. at intersection with P St...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

The U.S. (regular army) 16th Infantry Regiment monument at the Chickamauga portion of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

The U.S. (regular army) 16th Infantry Regiment monument at the Chickam...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. In November 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a railroad hub known as the "Gateway to t... More

Street characters in the mile-long 16th Street mainly pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado. (Free city buses, horse-drawn jitneys, and bicycles, and an occasional individual horse, are allowed)

Street characters in the mile-long 16th Street mainly pedestrian mall ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2017; (DLC/PP-2002:038-13). Forms part of: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within... More

Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 16th St. near intersection with Park Road, NW, Washington, D.C.

Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 16th St. near intersection...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Cavalry Division, congratulates Spc. James Young, a food service specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, ... More

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, shares a light moment with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commander, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan and ... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mimes Joseph A. Temple (the "strangler") and Mikki Weber (the "stranglee") emote in the mile-long 16th Street mainly pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado

Mimes Joseph A. Temple (the "strangler") and Mikki Weber (the "strangl...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

27th Brigade Support Battalion going home

27th Brigade Support Battalion going home

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, presents Soldiers with coins of excellence following the 27th Brigade Support Battalion casing of colors ceremo... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Chess meets modern art in Denver, Colorado's, 16th Street Pedestrian Mall

Chess meets modern art in Denver, Colorado's, 16th Street Pedestrian M...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2017; (DLC/PP-2002:038-13). Forms part of: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within... More

Buildings, 16th St., near intersection with P St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Buildings, 16th St., near intersection with P St., NW, Washington, D.C...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

Maerten de Vos - America, 15th century

Maerten de Vos - America, 15th century

Anonymous, Netherlandish, 16th century ?

Sixth Presbyterian Church, 5400 block of 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Sixth Presbyterian Church, 5400 block of 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C...

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Julius Goltzius - America from The Four Continents

Julius Goltzius - America from The Four Continents

Julius Goltzius (Netherlandish, died ca. 1595)

From left to right, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Eliodoro

From left to right, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Eliodoro

From left to right, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Eliodoro Perez, senior enlisted adviser for the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Brig. Gen. Ronald Lewis, the d... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham. In 1880, the church came to this site on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. During the Civil Rights Mo... More

Royal, Ca'lea, and Marquita Harris smile while caricaturist Ben Bloss proceeds with his sketches of them as well as an an older Harris daughter, Shanice, not shown, in the mile-long 16th Street pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, Colorado

Royal, Ca'lea, and Marquita Harris smile while caricaturist Ben Bloss ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Hotel in Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Ho...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Hotel in Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

The entrance to the "Amargosa Opera House," adjacent to the Amagosa Ho...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

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