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.

Bentwood Boxes of the Northwest Coast peoples
Bentwood Boxes of the Northwest Coast peoples

The body of this box is made of one piece of wood carefully bent into its four sides

Tlingit mortuary and memorial totem poles
Tlingit mortuary and memorial totem poles

Learn about two types of totem poles from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast that memorialize individuals who have passed

Slave Burial Ground, University of Alabama
Slave Burial Ground, University of Alabama

A 2004 plaque is the only marker of burial grounds of enslaved people who died while enslaved by the University of Alabama and its faculty

The Missouri Compromise and the dangerous precedent of appeasement: American Art in Context
The Missouri Compromise and the dangerous precedent of appeasement: American Art in Context

Historians celebrated these compromises as valiant efforts to save the union, but recently historians have questioned whether they should instead be seen as appeasements of slaveholders.

The Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War

There is no memorial to the Mexican-American War in Washington, D.C.—a war in which more than 15,000 American soldiers lost their lives.

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

Perry's painting of the Battle of Lake Erie celebrates the U.S. victory in the War of 1812, but it doesn't depict the aftermath's devastating effects on Native Americans.
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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.