videos + essays

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

Landscape and the American republic, Frederic Church’s <em>Natural Bridge</em>
Landscape and the American republic, Frederic Church’s Natural Bridge

This vertical landscape of Virginia recalls ancient Roman architecture, tying the American republic to Rome's

Winslow Homer, <em>Taking Sunflower to Teacher</em>
Winslow Homer, Taking Sunflower to Teacher

Painted during Reconstruction, this sentimental watercolor depicts the hope of transformation and possibility

The story of the Oyster Man, a Tlingit totem pole
The story of the Oyster Man, a Tlingit totem pole

Learn the story behind this totem pole that no longer stands

Winslow Homer, <i>Army Teamsters</i>
Winslow Homer, Army Teamsters

Is this painting of five men, possibly formerly enslaved, working for the Union Army during the Civil War a product of racist stereotypes, or does it humanize its subjects?

Race and self-governance: William Wetmore Story, <em>Cleopatra</em>
Race and self-governance: William Wetmore Story, Cleopatra

What does this marble sculpture of Cleopatra tell us about race and the Civil War in the U.S.?

Haida potlatch pole
Haida potlatch pole

What is a potlatch? And how is it related to this totem pole?

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

Whistler, <i>Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket</i>
Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket

A critic accused Whistler of “flinging paint at the public” when he saw this painting, so Whistler sued him.

Slavery at the West Point of the Confederacy: the Little Round House
Slavery at the West Point of the Confederacy: the Little Round House

The University of Alabama, Civil War, and slavery; examining the role of architecture as historical marker

Science, religion, and politics: <br>Church’s <i>Cotopaxi</i>
Science, religion, and politics:
Church’s Cotopaxi

The natural world and political metaphor, Church's Cotopaxi

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."