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The Silent Millions: American Citizens Who Aren’t Allowed To Vote

Voting Rights Lead

Source: Vice

Imagine you were born in the United States of America, of parents who were also native-born citizens of the United States. You work, pay taxes, serve on juries, and remember the six years you spent in the US Navy as a terrible mistake, but at least you stuck it out and earned an honorable discharge.

Now, imagine that every four years, as the only country you’ve ever known goes into its regular paroxysm of national political coverage, conventions, and elections, you stay at home and watch The Price is Right, because you’re one of the almost five million citizens who isn’t allowed to vote in federal elections due to where you live.

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Stop, Drop And (Egg) Roll: The White House Easter Egg Roll Over Time

Obama Easter Egg Roll

Source: PopSugar

Easter is just a few days away, and with it comes the 137th-annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is #GimmeFive, a challenge that’s meant to honor the fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! program. On April 6, 2015, more than 35,000 people will gather at the White House to celebrate this tradition that spans more than a century.

White House Egg Roll 1898

Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, all the way back in 1898. Source: Daily Mail

1921 Egg Roll at White House

A snapshot of children at the Easter Egg Roll in 1921. Source: History in Photos

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These Pictures Of Vintage Detroit Will Surprise You

Welcome to Detroit

Source: Governing

In spite of its infrastructure, landmarks and cultural significance, the city is not immortal. Detroit is no exception. While rebounding in some areas, for the most part 21st century Detroit remains a mere shadow of its former self. Once known for powering most of the country, Detroit lost its steam and 70% of its population in the last 60 years and had to declare bankruptcy in 2013 to stay afloat.

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Belle Isle 1905

Detroit’s Belle Isle back in 1905. Source: Coleman Family

Vintage Detroit Michigan Central Station

When Detroit’s Michigan Central Station was built in 1913, it was one of the largest rail stations in the country. Source: Wikipedia

Downtown Detroit in 1915

Detroit circa 1915. Source: The Woodward Spine

Highland Park in Detroit

Ford’s Highland Park plant back in 1914. Source: Hemmings Daily

Detroit in 1917

Detroit in 1917. Source: Coleman Family

Liberty Bond Rally

A Liberty Bond rally in Detroit that took place around 1918. Source: Bentley

Beautiful Organ in Detroit 1918

A glimpse of the interior of Detroit’s First Congregational Church in 1918. Source: Organ Society

Detroit Streets in 1920

Detroit’s bustling city streets back in 1920. Source: Source: Wikipedia

Polish-American Grocery Store

A quaint Polish-American grocery store in 1922. Source: Wikipedia

Vintage River Rouge Plant

The Ford River Rouge Complex. Source: Tropics of Meta

Olympia Stadium in Detroit

Olympia Stadium (eventually known as the home of the Detroit Red Wings) was built in 1927. Source: Wikipedia

Steamboats in Detroit

Boats float along the water outside of Detroit in 1930. Source: Coleman Family

Automotive Assembly Line in Detroit

After World War I, Detroit was home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge industries. Source: Permanent Crisis

Vintage Detroit in 1936

Circa 1936. Source: NY Daily News

Labor Day Parade Vintage Detroit

Men walk in a Labor Day parade in 1938. Source: Rivet Head

Snow in Detroit 1930s

Deep snow makes driving in Detroit impossible. Source: Metro Times

Detroit in the 1940s

An aerial view of Detroit in the 1940s. Source: The Detroit News Archivist

Pingree Park

Children run through Pingree Park. Hazen S. Pingree was a local politician who expanded public welfare programs and created many new parks and schools. Source: Detroit Metro Times

Vintage Detroit During WWII

During World War II, many wartime factories were located in Detroit. Source: Slate

General Grants during War

28-ton tanks called “General Grants” were mass produced by the Chrysler Corporation’s tank arsenal in 1942. Source: Vintage Everyday

1945 in Detroit

In 1945, gasoline in Detroit cost just 17 cents per gallon. Source: Vintage Everyday

Vintage Detroit Motor Cars

Employees work on cars at Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company. Source: PennLive

Vintage Detroit Auto Show 1960

A peek at the 1960 National Auto Show held at Cobo Hall. Source: Huffington Post

Welcome to Detroit

Source: Governing

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A testament to globalization’s impacts, it’s hard to imagine that this overwhelming mass of abandoned buildings and mpty streets was once considered the Silicon Valley of America.

But for now, forget about the slums, high crime rates and urban graveyards, and think back to the days when Detroit symbolized the indomitable power of American industry and labor.

Thirty-Three Maps That Explain The United States Better Than Any Textbook

Years ago, famed historian E.H. Carr made an apt point that one cannot separate the historian from history and that what we see in history books is not necessarily pure fact–it has been made and presented as such due to the judgments of a very fallible and selective person. All of this is to say that when it comes to getting to the reasons why the United States looks the way it does today, “truth”–if we can find it–is quite hard to come by.

For every historian who disputes the reasons why a certain war broke out or how a particular president’s decision changed the fate of America, there’s a map which lays hard data bare and allows for the viewer’s own interpretation. Maps aren’t as immediately exciting as a good story, which is why we tend to overlook them when trying to understand our present. We’d like to change that. Without further ado, here are thirty-three fascinating maps that explain the United States:

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The Highest Paid Public Employees In Each State

The Highest Paid Public Employees In The United States

Once additional compensation from media appearances, fundraising and apparel contracts are factored in, sports coaches are the highest-paid employees in 40 out of 50 states.

The Status Of Gay Marriage By State As Of February 2015

Gay Marriage 2015

When the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, many activists rejoiced--gay marriage was here at last. While they did declare DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court still left the decision of permitting or banning gay marriage up to individual states. As of this writing, 37 states allow gay marriage, with groups challenging marriage restrictions in the states that haven't adopted more inclusive marriage laws.

Meth Labs By County

Meth Labs By County

Once a relatively obscure drug associated with biker gangs, methamphetamine has become one of the most popular drugs in America thanks to its relatively easy and cheap production. In a recent nationwide survey, one out of two hundred adults in America reported using meth in the past year.

Mean Center Of Population In The United States

If each American had the same "weight", the mean center of the US population would be the point where, if split down the middle, the two halves would perfectly balance out. As we can see, the lure of the western "frontier" has really stuck.

Global Obesity Rates

Global Obesity Rates

Among developed countries, the United States has the highest rate of obesity, with one-third of the population classified as obese. This rate is estimated by the Harvard School of Public Health to reach 50% by 2030.

Global Incarceration Rates

Global Incarceration Rates

As of 2014, the United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. While America represents 4.4% of the world's population, it houses 22% of the world's prisoners.

US Economic Activity Map

In many respects, the United States is the tale of two countries. Not only is money increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer people, but also in fewer areas of the United States.

The Largest Ancestry By County In The United States

Ancestry In The United States

The legacy of conquest and opportunity-seeking can be found in our blood--and on our maps. African and African American ancestry is most common in the once slave-holding South, just as Mexican heritage in Texas transcends annexation and war.

Countries That Use The Imperial System

Metric System

As of 2015, only three countries continue to eschew the metric system in favor of the Imperial system: Burma, Liberia, and the United States.

Size Of Alaska

In the standard Mercator projection map, Alaska is shown to be comparable to Texas in terms of size. In reality, it's actually twice the size of Texas and roughly 25% the overall size of the continental United States.

Deployment Of American Troops By Country

US Worldwide Troop Deployment

A consistent source of global tension, 230,000 members of the United States military are deployed in over 160 countries across the world.

Paid Maternity Leave In America

The United States joins Suriname, Liberia and a handful of other countries that decline to provide paid maternity leave. Meanwhile, access to affordable contraception and family planning services has become the subject of intense political debate.

How Americans Say Groups Of People

"Y'all" is one of the most common linguistic markers of Southern heritage, but its origins actually come from across the pond. Scots-Irish immigrants brought the phrase "Ye aw" with them to the South, and the rest, they say, is history.

Racial Segregation In Chicago

Racial Segregation Of Chicago

While government-mandated racial segregation ended in the 1960s, de facto residential segregation has sprung up in its wake. The above map of Chicago's white, black, Asian and Latino populations visualizes just how insulated groups continue to be from each other.

United States Census Blocks With No Populations

Uninhabited America

While the green tones collecting in the Western half of the US might inspire a misanthrope to make a move to Utah, beware: most of the uninhabited areas in this map are only that way due to natural features that make it difficult to live there or because human settlement is prohibited there (think national parks).

A Map Of Light Pollution In The United States

Light Pollution United States Map

The east coast of America suffers from some of the worst light pollution in the planet, depicted in the heat map above of light pollution in the continental US.

Extermination Of American Bison

Once numbering in the hundreds of millions in North America, the American Bison were slaughtered in the 1800s for their fur and meat during the westward expansion of the United States. Bison populations were pushed to the point of near-extinction with only 1,000 left in the 1890s, but were saved by an aggressive conservation program put in place by Theodore Roosevelt. Read about the near-extinction of American Bison on All That Is Interesting.

Mexican Drug Cartels Map

There are a number of reasons why drug cartels have gained such influence over the Mexican state and the United States never-ending War on Drugs is one of them. Mexico is a major US heroin supplier as well as the largest foreign supplier of methamphetamine and marijuana. In fact, production of these drugs has only increased since Mexico launched its own War on Drugs in 2005. Currently, the drug trade employs approximately 500,000 people and contributes around $30 billion a year to the Mexican economy.

The Happiest States In The United States

Happiest States In The United States

America Visualized By Distance To The Nearest McDonald's

America Map By McDonalds Locations

In many ways, McDonald's has become the face of America both home and abroad. Domestically, one can hardly drive without encountering one of the 14,000 McDonald's located in America, visualized clearly by the map above.

The Fourth Congressional District Of Illinois

Gerrymandering In The United States

Gerrymandering -- the practice of manipulating boundaries of political representation to favor one party has become a country-wide problem. The Economist calls Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District one of the most strangely drawn gerrymandered districts in the country. Crammed into these two tiny swaths of land are a vast amount of left-leaning Latinos, which effectively ensures that they will only have one representative in Congress and consequently cannot sway other races in the city.

The Most Popular Website By State

Most Popular Website By State

Regional differences don't only mean culinary and linguistic distinctions, but also differences in media consumption, in part due to local employment sectors. The tech-heavy northwest prefers TechCrunch while the states surrounding Washington DC favors Politico.

The Most Recognizable Brand From Every State

Recognizable Brands Of Each State

Florida, we're looking at you.

Death Penalty Practices Across The World

Death Penalty World Map

The United States is currently the only developed nation that still practices the death penalty. In 2008, it joined China, Iran, and 43 other countries in voting against a United Nations resolution against the death penalty.

The Gender Imbalance Of Singles Across American Cities

Single People In America

If you're a woman looking for love, it might behoove you to head west.

The Height Of The Mexican Empire In 1823

Height Of The Mexican Empire

From 1821 to 1848 California, Texas and New Mexico formed three provinces of the Mexican Empire.

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School By County

Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School In America Map

The United States is one of the most geographically and topographically diverse countries on Earth. Case in point: temperatures have hovered around -50 degrees in Alaska on the same day that temperatures top 130 degrees in Death Valley.

State Autocomplete Map

We can trace the US story through stereotypes: in the South, many wonder why states are so poor, racist and backwards, and why the Northeast is such a white, liberal enclave.

Fifty-Six Years Of Tornadoes Mapped

Tornado Tracks United States

Known as Tornado Alley, the American Midwest is home to the highest frequency of tornadoes in the world.

The Probability Of Upward Mobility In America By Locality

Upward Mobility In America Map

If you want your child to have a shot at entering a higher tier of the socioeconomic echelon, you might not want to settle down in the South, where segregation both class and race tends to shape your future.

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