Hillary Clinton makes history: Scenes from final night of the DNC

  • A delegate from New York shows off her support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate from Mississippi shows off her attire in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate is interviewed on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Workers check the video feed and teleprompter on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is interviewed on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Two men from the Wisconsin delegation talk among one another on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates recite the pledge of allegiance on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates sing and dance as musician Carole King performs on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates cheer and hold up signs on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe smiles with a supporter on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Singer Katy Perry performs during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, introduces her mother during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pa.
  • Members of the media are silhouetted as a video plays for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates in the crowd cheer as a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is shown on a screen at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraces daughter Chelsea Clinton prior to speaking in front of the delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Hillary Clinton walks on stage and waves to supporters prior to officially accepting the Democratic presidential nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton takes the stage and waves to the crowd during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pa.
  • Delegates get emotional watching Hillary Clinton officially accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • One delegates wipes away tears and she watches Hillary Clinton officially accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Photographers are silhouetted as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is projected on to a screen while speaking on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates wave signs that read, “Trumpbusters” on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A group of delegates hold up signs on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Fireworks go off to celebrate the official nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate at the end of her speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, husband former President Bill Clinton, Vice President nominee Tim Kaine and wife Anne Holton stand on stage at the end of the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates her formal acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination and the end of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Confetti and balloons are set off in celebration of the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates cheer on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Photographers are covered in balloons on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Photographers are covered in balloons on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A convention attendee revels in the balloons and confetti on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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On the fourth and final night of what became a historic Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton officially accepted the first ever nomination of a woman candidate for the U.S. presidency.

“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president,” Clinton said to a roaring crowd. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.”

The nominee returned repeatedly to the idea that progress requires sacrifice—her campaign’s theme that “it takes a village,” and that, in contrast to Donald Trump’s claim that “I alone can fix it,” no one person can do it alone.

The night’s speeches reflected that theme.

Clinton was preceded on the stage by her daughter, Chelsea, Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez and the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm riled the crowd up with impressions of Republican nominee Donald Trump, while retired U.S. Marine General John Allen, flanked by colleagues, triggered competing chants of “No More War!” and “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

But no moment prior to the arrival of the Democratic presidential nominee was more commanding, more penetratingly intense an example of sacrifice perhaps, than was the appearance of Khizr Khan, whose son was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the 10 years after September 11, 2001. Captain Humayan S.M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate enlisted in the U.S. Army.

“Our son, Humayan, had dreams, too—of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Khan said. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America. If it were up to Donald Trump He would have never been in this country,” he added.

Trump, Khan said, asks Americans to trust him with their future, but, he asked, had the candidate ever read the United States Constitution? Khan gestured toward the camera, Constitution in hand, offering up his own personal copy. The question was met with raucous cheers from the audience.

“You have sacrificed nothing,” Khan continued, speaking of the Republican nominee, “And no one.”

By the time Clinton took the stage the audience was emotional — more than a few were crying, while others cheered and hugged. A planned walkout of Bernie Sanders supporters did not materialize, though many stood in silent protest, wearing bright yellow.

The nominee thanked the Sanders campaign for putting economic and social justice issues “front and center, where they belong,” and laid out her plan for the U.S.

“Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign,” she said. “I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans and Independents.” 

With just about three months until the November election, Clinton has little time to bring former Sanders supporters and never-Trumpers onto her side, as the nation gears up for the televised debates to come. For now, she is off to Philadelphia on Friday for her first rally as the official nominee. 

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

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