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This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution

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Mao Zedong swimming in a river in 1966 was a big deal. In 1966, Mao Zedong, China’s communist leader and the founder of the People’s Republic of China, was rumored to be in failing health. The devastating policies of his Great Leap Forward (1958-1962) — which forced millions of peasants to work tirelessly by farming on government communes and manufacturing crude steel — resulted in the greatest...

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