The phrase "We the People" may be only three words, but it is a complicated and ever-shifting expression.
From the humble taproom to national television, political parties have vied for power since the 18th century.
From the silver used to make colonial sugar bowls to the steel used in submarines—how work, exchange, and technology have shaped the United States.
How have ideas, beliefs, and art shaped the United States?
Explore how the various people who moved to and within the United States both adapted to and transformed their new environments.
Explore the role of geography and both the natural and human-made environments on social and political developments.
Explore the interactions between nations that affected North American history.
The area that would one day become the United States — before and after European settlement and colonization.
European settlers had different imperial goals and came from varied cultures.
Britain attempts to assert tighter control over its North American colonies and the colonists resolve to pursue self-government.
Americans look to define the nation’s democratic ideals and change their society and institutions to match them.
The United States pursued an expansionist foreign policy and emerged as the destination for many immigrants.
Technological advances and the opening of new markets encouraged the rise of industrial capitalism.
Growth expanded opportunity for most, but not all of America's citizens, while economic instability led to new efforts to reform society and its economic system.
In the unstable postwar world, the United States works to maintain a position of global leadership, with far-reaching domestic and international consequences.
It's never been harder to define "art" than it is today, but one thing is for sure — artists are always having a conversation with the time they live in.
America had large cities (some with pyramids) connected by trade networks long before the arrival of Europeans.
We often think about the history of the United States as linked with Britain, but what about the Spanish, Dutch and French?
American art shows us the reality and effects of racism and slavery, and often points the way to social justice.
From a renegade colony to the early years of the United States. What did this transitional period look like?
Native American art has always been part of the history of the United States.
Though the Civil War began in 1861, its roots go back decades, and its effects continue to be seen today.
The expansion of the United States and the removal of Native Americans were bound up in the idea of Manifest Destiny.
The United States is a country of immigrants, but the issue of immigration has long divided its citizens.
We think about the city and the country as opposites, but they have more to do with one another than you would expect.
Artists during this period asserted their individuality, but also brought mass-produced objects and mass media into their art.
From the skyscapes to shoelaces — art as diverse as our contemporary culture.