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Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

Teenager Juan Romero sits by Robert F. Kennedy’s side moments after Kennedy was shot. Romero had been shaking his hand when the presidential contender was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

Jim Zwerg after a beating - a civil rights activist in Alabama in 1961

Civil rights activist James Zwerg after being beaten by a white mob in Montgomery, Alabama during the Freedom Ride, After the beating he had to wait two hours for treatment as no white crew would pick him up.

Firefighters raise a U.S. flag at the site of the World Trade Center after two…

Looking back: 15 iconic images from 9/11 and its aftermath

September 2001 — Raising the Flag at Ground Zero. Firefighters raise a U. flag at the site of the World Trade Center on September as a sign of patriotism and perseverance in the face of evil.

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

April 1968 — Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson, and others stand on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and point in the direction of gunshots that killed American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.

JFK & JFK jr. sweet. by samlovesherdog, via Flickr

The loving bond between President John F. Kennedy & his son, John-John - Sadly, President Kennedy was assassinated later that same year in Nov

New York City during the 1968 Garbage Strike. by... - Historical Times

New York City street during the sanitation workers garbage strike of 1968

A photograph of Lemuel Cook (1759–1866), the last official veteran of the American Revolutionary War who enlisted in the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, Continental Army.

Lemuel Cook : ( 1759 - 1866 ) The last official veteran of the American Revolutionary war. Enlisted in the continental light dragons, Continental Army

Free Cold War lesson plans--including PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, and more--available for download! Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War? Why did Russians pull their missiles out of Cuba? Why and how did the U.S. fight the Cold War in Guatemala? Who started the Korean War? Students will explore these questions and more with our Cold War unit.

This is one of the most recognizable photos in the history of our country. Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. Use this photo when discussing space travel, students should be introduced to it.

One of the earliest known photographs - 1839

Philadelphia, November "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait The first light-picture ever taken. this quarter-plate daguerreotype is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person.

911 airplane strike

New York City. Near Trinity Church in financial district, video still of plane going into second tower.

"Do you realize the magnitude of the miracle?” Three men who stood in the same line in Auschwitz have nearly consecutive numbers: From left, Menachem Shulovitz, 80, bears B14594; Anshel Udd Sharezky, 81, was B14595; and Jacob Zabetzky, 83, was B14597. “We were strangers standing in line in Auschwitz, we all survived different paths of hell, and we met in Israel,” Mr. Sharezky said. "We stand here together now after 65 years."

A Tattoo to Remember

“Three men who stood in the same line in Auschwitz have nearly consecutive numbers: From left, Menachem Shulovitz, bears Anshel Udd Sharezky, was and Jacob Zabetzky, was “We were strangers standing in line in.

“İkinci Dünya Savaşının sona ermesi kutlanıyor,Times Meydanı,14 Ağustos 1945... Bugün 14 Şubat”

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1945 — V-J Day in Times Square Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.