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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.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours."
Top American bucket list destination in 1821
The battle that turned the tide during the War of 1812
Americans looked to define the nation’s identity, independence, and their ideals in the nineteenth century.
Cole, the great American landscape painter, looks across the vast history of Western architecture
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.
How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.
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.