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.
Native Americans were used to difference — there were more than 300 languages spoken in North America alone.
With the seventeenth century came European settlers, slavery in America, and tensions between British and French forces.
The American Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the two-party system, the second half of the 18th century was a pivotal period in American history.
Americans looked to define the nation’s identity, independence, and their ideals in the nineteenth century.
The United States extended its territories, fought a civil war, and violently persecuted African and Native Americans.
A period of technological and commercial success, the Gilded Age was also an era of immense social problems.
This era began with promises of technological improvement and uncertain steps into global engagement and ends with world war and the sublime power of technological destruction.
In the unstable postwar world, the United States' involvement in global conflicts had far-reaching consequences, while at home, social activism, popular culture, and the American Dream broke new ground.
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.