American Studies

By Krepsjm
  • Looking Down Sacramento Street

    Looking Down Sacramento Street
    Picture was taken April 18, 1906. It is the most famous photo of the destruction of San Francisco by earthquake and fire on April 18, 1906. After his camera was damaged during the earthquake.
  • The lynching of Young blacks

    The lynching of Young blacks
    Taken in 1930, showing tho young black men accused of raping a white girl, hanged by a mob of 10,000 white men. The mob took them by force from the county jailhouse. Another black man was saved from lynching by the girl’s uncle who said he was innocent
  • Lunch atop a Skyscraper

    Lunch atop a Skyscraper
    The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2.
  • Hindenburg dirigible disaster

    Hindenburg dirigible disaster
    On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg dirigible exploded killing 35 of the 97 people aboard. The incident killed the zeppelin travel industry, which was, at the time, considered the safest mode of air travel available.
  • Collapse of the Tacoma Narrow Bridge

    Collapse of the Tacoma Narrow Bridge
    Picture of Tacoma Narrow Bridge collapsing after 5 months from it’s traffic opening. The wind-induced collapse occurred on November 7, 1940 at 11:00 AM, due partially to a physical phenomenon known as mechanical resonance
  • USS Arizona

    USS Arizona
    Picture of dramatic sinking of USS ARIZONA, with the loss of 1,177 lives, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the event that brought about U.S. involvement in World War II.
  • D-Day: Normandy Landings

    D-Day: Normandy Landings
  • U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima

    U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima
    Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
  • Nagasaki

    A first for the general public, the picture of the “mushroom cloud”? is a very accurate approximation of the enormous quantity of energy spread below. The first atomic bomb, released on August 6 in Hiroshima killed about 80,000 people.
  • Buchenwald

    Picture of senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky, a member of a congressional committee investigating Nazi atrocities, views the evidence at first hand at Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • Segregated Water Fountains

    Segregated Water Fountains
    Picture of segregated water fountains in North Carolina taken by Elliott Erwitt
  • Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein is probably one of the most popular figures of all times. He is considered a genius because he created the Theory of Relativity, and so, challenged Newton's laws, that were the basis of everything known in physics until the beginning of the 20th century.
  • A Great Day in Harlem

    A Great Day in Harlem
    A Great Day in Harlem is a black and white group portrait of 57 jazz musicians.
  • The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
    Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.
  • Stopping Time

    Stopping Time
    Harold Edgerton’s famous high speed picture of a bullet going through an apple. Taken in 1964, it became a very famous image , not least because it was such an unusual photo based on a great achievement in high speed photography.
  • Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston

    Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston
    This picture is one of the most famous moments in sporting history! It shows Cassius Clay knocking out Sonny Liston (former heavy weight champion) in the first minute of the first round, in a rematch.
  • The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper's bullet. King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot.
  • Corpsman in Anguish

    Corpsman in Anguish
    U.S. Marine corpsman Vernon Wike during the battle for Hill 881 near Khe Sanh while he is cradling his comrade who has been shot while smoke from the battle rises into the air behind them.
  • Abbey Road

    Abbey Road
    Picture of cover of The Beatles album, Abbey Road, showing John, Ringo, Paul and George crossing the street. The view really is Abbey Road, London, NW8 looking north. The gates of the Abbey Road Studios are behind the white VW Beetle on the left, which, according to some proponents of the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy theory, was parked there intentionally as a rebus.
  • Kent State

    Kent State
    The news that Richard Nixon was sending troops to Cambodia caused a chain of protests in the U.S. colleges. At Kent State the protest seemed more violent, some students even throwing rocks. In consequence, The Ohio National Guard was called to calm things down, but the events got out of hand and they started shooting
  • Nixon says goodbye to the White House

    Nixon says goodbye to the White House
    Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, waves goodbye as he boards a helicopter at the White House on August 4, 1974, the day his resignation from office took effect.
  • Patty Hearst and SLA bank robbery

    Patty Hearst and SLA bank robbery
    Patty Hearst, an American newspaper heiress and socialite, gained notoriaty when she was kidnapped in 1974 by the SLA. She is pictured here holding an M1 Carbine while robbing a Hibernia bank in San Francisco.
  • Fire on Marlborough Street

    Fire on Marlborough Street
    On July 22, 1975, photograph Stanley J. Forman working fo the Boston Herald American newspaper climbed on a the fire truck, Forman shot the picture of a young woman, Diana Bryant, and a very young girl, Tiare Jones when they fell helplessly. Diana Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene. The young girl lived. Despite a heroic effort, the fireman who tried to grab them had been just seconds away from saving the lives of both of them.
  • The Reagan Assassination Attempt

    The Reagan Assassination Attempt
    The Reagan assassination attempt occured on March 30, 1981, only 69 days into his term. He was leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C., when he and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • Challenger explosion

    Challenger explosion
    This is the iconic image of Space Shuttle Challenger’s smoke plume after its breakup 73 seconds after launch. The accident caused the deaths of all seven crew members of the mission
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    The image of firefighter Chris Fields holding the dying infant Baylee Almon. On April 19, 1995, Gulf War vet, Timothy McVeigh detonated 4,800 lbs of fertilizer and fuel oil. The resulting blast killed 168 people.
  • Bill Clinton hugs Monica Lewinsky

    Bill Clinton hugs Monica Lewinsky
    This picture was taken on November 6, 1996, the day after Clinton’s re-election to office, by an unknown photographer. When the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinksy (Monicagate) scandal broke in 1998 this picture became much more than just a casual embrace, but rather evidence of the relationship between the two.
  • Eagle Nebula

    Eagle Nebula
    Star forming pillars in the Eagle Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope’s FPC2. These eerie, dark pillar-like structures are actually columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that are also incubators for new stars.
  • Ground zero spirit

    Ground zero spirit
    The flag-rasing photo was made shortly after 5 p.m on September 11, 2001. He was standing under a pedestrian walkway across the West Side Highway, which connected the World Trade Center to the World Financial Center at the northwest corner.
  • Toursit Guy

    Toursit Guy
    Soon after 9/11 an image showing a tourist while an airliner was about to hit the building beneath him circulated on the Internet. It was claimed that the picture came from a camera found in the debris at Ground Zero.
  • Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse

    Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse
    Part of a “photo session” from a Iraq Prison controlled by US, this is a picture showing the abuse on the prisoners held and interrogated there. The man standing on a box with wires connected to his body is Satar Jabar