videos + essays

Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.

The U.S. Civil War, sharpshooters and Winslow Homer
The U.S. Civil War, sharpshooters and Winslow Homer

Homer wrote that the sharpshooter's role was "as near to murder as anything I can think of."

Vertis Hayes, <em>The Lynchers</em>
Vertis Hayes, The Lynchers

A horrifying painting of racial violence that can help us see where we are and where we need to be in terms of tolerance and empathy

Photographing the Battle of Gettysburg: Timothy O’Sullivan’s <em>A Harvest of Death</em>
Photographing the Battle of Gettysburg: Timothy O’Sullivan’s A Harvest of Death

One of the most famous landscape photographs showing the horrible aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Nast and Reconstruction: understanding a political cartoon
Nast and Reconstruction: understanding a political cartoon

Thomas Nast's cartoon urges its viewers to confront white supremacy.

Nativism and the Know-Nothing Party: American Art in Context
Nativism and the Know-Nothing Party: American Art in Context

The Know-Nothings: a short-lived party with long-term influence.

John Brown’s “tragic prelude” to the U.S. Civil War
John Brown’s “tragic prelude” to the U.S. Civil War

Martyr. Murderer. Prophet. Madman. All of these words have been used to describe John Brown, the fiery abolitionist.

Revisiting a frozen sea
Revisiting a frozen sea

A Hudson River School artist looks north

Cotton, oil, and the economics of history
Cotton, oil, and the economics of history

Sail, steam, cotton, and oil — the engines of the American economy.

Lilly Martin Spencer, <em>The Home of the Red, White, and Blue</em>
Lilly Martin Spencer, The Home of the Red, White, and Blue

How women contributed to the repairing a country that had been torn apart.

Teaching guide<br>Thomas Moran, <em>Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Thomas Moran's painting of Yellowstone exemplifies the complex factors that characterized U.S. westward expansion and economic development after the Civil War. Railroads, government policies, and violence against Native American communities were all intertwined with the creation of the first national park.
APUSH: KC-6.2.II.A, KC-6.2.II.D

From quills to beads: the bandolier bag
From quills to beads: the bandolier bag

The bandolier bag and the story of forced migration

The painting that inspired a National Park
The painting that inspired a National Park

Painting, photography, and the railroad come together to preserve a topography unique in the world