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Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
In New Spain, Indigenous people, Africans, Spaniards, and their descendants mixed together. Casta paintings show one way Spaniards attempted to place these mixed-race families and their children into a hierarchy, although the realities of race and status in Spanish colonial society were much more complex.
Re-examining a founding American myth
The Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the two-party system..
Politics and fashion on the eve of the American Revolution
In addition to being an politician, Jefferson was an ardent supporter and practitioner of classical architecture.
Presidential portraits of George Washington were Stuart’s bread and butter when he returned to his native America.
West turned the conventions of history painting on their head by choosing a contemporary subject and dress.
Well known in his own day as a silversmith, Revere is shown in casual attire, with a teapot brimming with meaning.
Lack of an American sculptural tradition compelled Jefferson to look to France for this portrait of Washington.
Trumbull traveled up and down the Eastern Seaboard to paint the members of the Continental Congress from life.
This outfit was likely made for a British lieutenant and gifted to him in a ritual exchange to show mutual respect.
These challenging paintings visually separate Indigenous Americans from the Spanish elite; most were exported.