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17 Most Powerful Photographs In The US History

Not all photographs are just of beautiful sights - some deep ones have stories to tell. Photographs may seem like simple food for the eyes, but some of them are more than just that - some of them are so powerful that they can stir emotions. Check out these seventeen photographs that are some of the most powerful ones of the United States history.

17 Most Powerful Photographs In The US History

17 Most Powerful Photographs In The US History

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Battlefield casualties at Gettysburg (July 1863)

Battlefield casualties at Gettysburg (July 1863)

This photograph conveys the terrors of the Civil War that left more than 50,000 Union and Confederate troops killed, injured, or captured.

2. Destruction after the San Francisco earthquake (April 1906)

2. Destruction after the San Francisco earthquake (April 1906)

The earthquake that destroyed San Francisco in 1906 also spurred a devastating firestorm that claimed the lives of about 3,000 people.

Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address (Nov. 19, 1863)

Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address (Nov. 19, 1863)

The picture shows the crowd that had gathered when Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

4. Bison skulls used as fertilizer (1870)

4. Bison skulls used as fertilizer (1870)

This repulsive photo reminds one of the time when bisons were hunted down to near extinction.

5. Lunch atop a skyscraper (Sep. 20, 1932)

5. Lunch atop a skyscraper (Sep. 20, 1932)

The nerve-wrecking photographs were taken as a symbol for the affects of the Great Depression when people were willing to take on any job regardless of the safety issues.

6.Hindenburg disaster (May 6, 1937)

6.Hindenburg disaster (May 6, 1937)

The infamous disaster that claimed the lives of 36 also marked the end of the era of passenger-carrying airships.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 1945)

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 1945)

The picture reminds one of the terrible affects of nuclear warfare.

8. Rosa Parks mugshot (1955)

8. Rosa Parks mugshot (1955)

Everyone knows the story of Rosa Parks not giving up her seat in a bus. This story became a turning point in history in regards to the practice of racism.

9. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech (Aug. 28, 1963)

9. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (Aug. 28, 1963)

Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech is one of the most iconic speeches in the history of America.

10. Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Nov. 22, 1963)

10. Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Nov. 22, 1963)

It was one of the most tragic moments of American history - the photograph depicts the time moments before the fateful attack.

Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston (May 25, 1965)

Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston (May 25, 1965)

This victorious bout of Muhammad Ali against Sonny Liston lasted only one minute!

12. "War Is Hell" (June 1965)

12. “War Is Hell” (June 1965)

This photo of an unidentified soldier was taken during teh Vietnam war.

Flower Power (Oct. 26, 1967)

Flower Power (Oct. 26, 1967)

This photo of antiwar demonstrators stirred a lot of eomtions and does today too.

14. Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1968)

14. Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1968)

This was an infamous day. The men in teh photograph are pointing towards the direction of the gunshots.

"Earthrise" (Dec. 24, 1968)

“Earthrise” (Dec. 24, 1968)

This photograph was taken by the Apollo 8 crew.

16. Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (Jan. 28, 1986)

16. Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (Jan. 28, 1986)

This infamous disaster that occurred due to a minor fault of O-rings taught the world an expensive lesson in the importance of even the smallest detail.

17. President Bush is notified of the terror attacks (Sept. 11, 2001)

17. President Bush is notified of the terror attacks (Sept. 11, 2001)

President Bush is notified of the terror attacks that involved plane crashes into the World Trade Centre towers.

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