Photo of Hillary Clinton and Confederate flag proven fake

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Earlier this month, a picture dated June 1969 began to circulate across social media which purported to show a young Hillary Clinton posing in front of a bookshelf containing a Confederate flag. The image came to recent prominence as the country was engaged in a fierce debate over the flag itself and what it represents.

It turns out the picture is a fake. Thanks to Photoshop or some other image manipulation software, the flag was inserted in an empty space on the bookshelf in the background.

The picture was one of several taken by LIFE photographer Lee Balterman in June 1969, at the Park Ridge, Illinois home of then-Hillary Rodham, as part of a larger story on the college class of ’69. The undoctored photo can be also be found on Getty Images.

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