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Jay Ballentine

The Panzer tank: a beautiful machine capable of the most incredible things. This picture defines my passion for history! The Panzer tank was one of the main battle tanks of Nazi Germany during WWII, but this is only a small representation for my love…

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Steven Boyer

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This is my German Mauser K98k rifle. I bought this rifle when I was 18, and it was the first rifle in my collection of World War II rifles. It is of milled steel and walnut construction with a nickel plated bolt and butt plate. The nickel coating…

Brian Smith

To me history is a path of lessons that can be looked back on as a sort of guide for us to follow as we move in a forward direction. Like in history, lessons are only learned through an extensive process of trial and error. Without these…

Lee Bryant

The primary source that I have the strongest connection to would be the image I took while doing research in Windsor, of the Memorial to the Confederate Dead. It is a somewhat tall, imposing statue situated on the corner, right next to the…

Blake Cooper

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The U.S.S. Yorktown was a World War II era aircraft carrier that saw action in the Pacific Theater of World War II and during the Vietnam War. The Yorktown was also a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission. The movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" was…

Seth Frederiksen

Born in Los Angeles in 1986, Seth developed a passion for American history after watching Ken Burns' "The Civil War". Currently attending North Carolina State University, Seth hopes to finish his bachelor's in History and become a member in the…

Brandon Denton

This document comes from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family, the Stricklands, who can trace their lineage all the way back to England and France. This family tree was written in 1962 by Glenda Faye Strickland, one of my grandmother’s…

Eric Gordon


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(Niall) Andrew Hammond

When I attended Gaithersburg High School, I began the process of deciding what I wanted to study. During my junior year, I took an AP US History course with my teacher, Joseph Sangillo, which began my interest in US history. In this class, we had an…

Rachel Hampton

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The response I had to this picture may be the entire reason I decided to become a history major as an undergraduate at NCSU. I first saw it in a textbook during my first semester at college, and the deeply emotional response I had to it convinced me…