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William Wetmore Story, <i>Cleopatra</i>
William Wetmore Story, Cleopatra

What does this marble sculpture of Cleopatra tell us about race and the Civil War in the U.S.?

David Drake, Double-handled jug
David Drake, Double-handled jug

Enslaved artist David Drake inscribed a poem onto this jug at a time when literacy among enslaved people was outlawed

Burnham and Root, Reliance Building
Burnham and Root, Reliance Building

How Chicago architecture sprung up thanks to new technology at the turn of the century

Slave Burial Ground, University of Alabama
Slave Burial Ground, University of Alabama

This plaque is the only marker of the burial ground of people who died while enslaved by the University of Alabama and its faculty.

Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause
Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause

A conversation that took place on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, July, 2021

Little Round House
Little Round House

The University of Alabama, Civil War, and slavery; examining the role of architecture as historical marker

Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper
Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper

A miracle on Bleecker Street, ornament, invention, and one of the great early skyscrapers

The Alamo (& Mission San Antonio de Valero)
The Alamo (& Mission San Antonio de Valero)

At the Alamo, the representation of patriotic heroism and brave sacrifice eclipses Spain’s earlier colonial presence and the history of the site’s ruination, reconstruction, and reframing. 

Cultures and slavery in the American south: a Face Jug from Edgefield county
Cultures and slavery in the American south: a Face Jug from Edgefield county

This jug is one of the earliest known alkaline-glazed stoneware face vessels made by slaves or their descendants in the Edgefield District of South Carolina.

Hiram Powers, <em>The Greek Slave</em>
Hiram Powers, The Greek Slave

Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.

Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol
Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol

The gun that "won the West" also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.

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