1800 – 1848

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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.

Teaching guide<br>Thomas Birch, <em>Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Birch, Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie

"We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Clean water for a young Philadelphia
Clean water for a young Philadelphia

Top American bucket list destination in 1821

The battle that turned the War of 1812
The battle that turned the War of 1812

The battle that turned the tide during the War of 1812

1800 – 1848
1800 – 1848

Americans looked to define the nation’s identity, independence, and their ideals in the nineteenth century.

Dreaming big
Dreaming big

Cole, the great American landscape painter, looks across the vast history of Western architecture

<em>The Peaceable Kingdom</em> as Penn’s parable
The Peaceable Kingdom as Penn’s parable

In his Peaceable Kingdom series of over 60 images, Hicks depicts a visionary scene of peace on earth that extends back to include William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania.

A Muslim among the founding fathers
A Muslim among the founding fathers

How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.

Settling the American Eden, <em>The Oxbow</em>
Settling the American Eden, The Oxbow

Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.

A lost history of African Americans in NYC
A lost history of African Americans in NYC

The creation of a beloved landmark destroyed a thriving community of African Americans and Irish immigrants.

A nude in Victorian America
A nude in Victorian America

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

<em>The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas</em>
The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas

This dignified portrait of a Native leader belies the cruel treatment he endured at the time of its painting.

Daily life in 1820 Brooklyn
Daily life in 1820 Brooklyn

This snowy image of a bygone Brooklyn is sprinkled with farm animals, townspeople... and casual racism.