12 Iconic Photos and Paintings from American History

In celebration of the fourth of July, we’ve compiled a list of twelve of the most iconic photos and images from throughout American history. These iconic photos embody the American spirit and our will to be the best.

Fighting for What We Believe In

From independence at home to stopping the spread of evil abroad, Americans fight for what they believe in. Washington Crossing the Delaware and American soldiers storming Normandy show this perfectly.

iconic american photos

iconic american photos

Discovery

We’ve built huge marvels (image courtesy of the Bettman Archives) and made it to the moon!

iconic american photos

iconic american photos

Overcoming Adversity

From the assassination of a President to the Great Depression, America will always keep moving forward.

iconic american photos

iconic american photos

The Olympics

America has the greatest athletes in the world, and the spirit to overcome hardships both at home and abroad. Jesse Owens embarrassed Hitler, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos spread awareness for human rights issues on the biggest stages.

iconic american photos

iconic american photos

Celebrity

For better or worse, everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. In Bonnie and Clyde’s case, they were also luckily brought to justice for the crimes that made them famous.

iconic american photos

iconic american photos

Every Known Photo of Abraham Lincoln

America’s 16th President has seven minutes worth of iconic photos set to a catchy beat!

Hope

Love him or hate him, this poster of President Obama by Shepard Fairey has come to define an era.

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