Virtually explore the de Young Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
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The dubious justice of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothings.
Aspiration was one of only two panels to survive the Texas Centennial where it pointed to a future that transcended the racism of the day.
An unflinching memorial to civil rights martyrs by the contemporary artist Thorton Dial
Can the commonplace working farmland of California's Sacramento River Valley be a place of of breathtaking beauty?
Martyr or murderer? John Brown has polarized political opinion from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
Teraoka draws on Japan's brilliant history of art and kabuki theatre to creating beauty from heart-rending tragedy.
Before T.V. and Twitter, politicians talked to voters face-to-face.