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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.
The Peaceable Kingdom as Pennsylvania parable, a tale in the construction of history
How a portrait of an African muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.
Too many assumptions persist about Native American arts and cultures—start here to disentangle fact from fiction.
Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.
The creation of a beloved landmark destroyed a thriving community of African Americans and Irish immigrants.
Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.
This dignified portrait of a Native leader belies the cruel treatment he endured at the time of its painting.
This snowy image of a bygone Brooklyn is sprinkled with farm animals, townspeople... and casual racism.
The artist used Spanish coins as models for the coats of arms woven into this basket in California, then New Spain.
Is there a political message behind this image of two farmers settling the price of a horse?
Cole feared for the American landscape as his country expanded westward.
Painted for a divided US, people from North and South could identify with this image—others remain marginalized.