Humanities › History & Culture Take a Visual Tour of the 20th Century Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture The 20th Century People & Events Fads & Fashions Early 20th Century The 20s The 30s The 40s The 50s The 60s The 80s The 90s American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History Women's History View More By Jennifer Rosenberg History Expert B.A., History, University of California at Davis Jennifer Rosenberg is a historian and writer who specializes in 20th-century history. our editorial process Jennifer Rosenberg Updated March 17, 2017 Although we try to grasp the full meaning of the past, sometimes we come to understand our history through snapshots. By looking at pictures, we can be in the room with Franklin D. Roosevelt or on the battlefield with a soldier during the Vietnam War. We can observe an unemployed man standing in line at a soup kitchen during the Great Depression or witness a pile of dead bodies in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Pictures capture a single fleeting moment, which we hope will illustrate so much more. Browse through these collections of pictures to better understand the history of the 20th century. D-Day 6th June 1944: US troops in landing craft, during the D-Day landings. Keystone / Stringer/ Hulton Archives/ Getty Images This collection of D-Day pictures includes images capturing the preparation needed for the operation, the actual crossing of the English Channel, soldiers and supplies landing on the beaches at Normandy, the many wounded during the fighting, and men and women on the homefront supporting the troops. Great Depression Farm Security Administration: Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. (Circa February 1936). Picture from the FDR, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. Through pictures, you can be a witness to the devastation caused by such a severe economic crisis as the Great Depression. This collection of Great Depression pictures includes images of the dust storms, farm foreclosures, migrant workers, families on the road, soup kitchens, and workers in the CCC. Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler poses with a group of Nazis soon after his appointment as Chancellor. (February 1933). Picture courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.) A large collection of pictures of Hitler, including pictures of Hitler giving the Nazi salute, as a soldier in World War I, official portraits, standing with other Nazi officials, wielding an axe, attending Nazi Party rallies, and much more. The Holocaust Former prisoners of the "little camp" in Buchenwald stare out from the wooden bunks in which they slept three to a "bed." Elie Wiesel is pictured in the second row of bunks, seventh from the left, next to the vertical beam. (April 16, 1945). Picture from the National Archives, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives. The horrors of the Holocaust were so immense that many have found them to be nearly unbelievable. Can there really be that much evil in the world? Discover for yourself as you witness some of the atrocities committed by the Nazis through these pictures of the Holocaust, including pictures of the concentration camps, death camps, prisoners, children, ghettos, displaced persons, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads), Hitler, and other Nazi officials. Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, taken by surprise, during the Japanese aerial attack. Wreckage at Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor. (December 7, 1941). Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack destroyed much of the United States' fleet, especially the battleships. This collection of pictures captures the attack on Pearl Harbor, including pictures of planes caught on the ground, battleships burning and sinking, explosions, and bomb damage. Ronald Reagan Official portrait of the Reagans on the White House grounds. (November 16, 1988). Picture from the Ronald Reagan Library. Have you ever wondered what President Ronald Reagan looked like as a child? Or been interested in seeing his engagement picture with Nancy? Or have been curious to see pictures of the assassination attempt on him? You will see all this and more in this collection of pictures of Ronald Reagan, which captures Reagan from his youth to his later years. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt (1943). Picture from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. as a young girl, in her wedding dress, sitting with Franklin, visiting troops, and so much more. Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt at Ft. Ontario, New York (July 22, 1929). Picture from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. . Vietnam War Da Nang, Vietnam. A young Marine private waits on the beach during the Marine landing. (August 3, 1965). Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Vietnam War (1959-1975) was bloody, dirty, and very unpopular. In Vietnam, U.S. soldiers found themselves fighting against an enemy they rarely saw, in a jungle they couldn't master, for a cause they barely understood. These pictures of the Vietnam War offer a brief glimpse into life during the war. World War I Tank going over the top. (1918). Picture from the National Archives and Records Administration. , which include pictures of soldiers in combat, destruction, and injured soldiers. World War II Posters Button Your Lip, Loose Talk Can Cost Lives (1941-1945). Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. Propaganda during wartime is used to garner public support for one side and to turn public support away from the other. Oftentimes, this turns into extremes such as ours vs. yours, friend vs. enemy, good vs. evil. During World War II, propaganda posters urged the average American citizen to do all sorts of things, like not to talk about military secrets, volunteer to serve in the military, conserve supplies, learn to spot the enemy, buy war bonds, avoid sickness, and so much more. Learn more about propaganda through this collection of World War II posters.