videos + essays

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

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

The painting that inspired a National Park

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

Spanish conquest and U.S. expansion
Spanish conquest and U.S. expansion

De Soto led hundreds of soldiers on the first European expedition into what became the United States.

Envisioning Manifest Destiny
Envisioning Manifest Destiny

Pioneers and frontiersmen, creating an American mythology amidst the Civil War

Business, art, and the American West
Business, art, and the American West

Business or pleasure? Watkins could photograph both beautifully.

Immigration and the Know-Nothing Party
Immigration and the Know-Nothing Party

The dubious justice of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party

Face to face with the Missouri voters
Face to face with the Missouri voters

Before TV and Twitter, politicians talked to voters face-to-face.

Heroes of modern surgery
Heroes of modern surgery

Heroes of modern surgery: Eakins' Dr. Gross and Dr. Agnew