videos + essays
Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
Pioneers and frontiersmen, creating an American mythology amidst the Civil War
Business or pleasure? Watkins could photograph both beautifully.
The dubious justice of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party
Before TV and Twitter, politicians talked to voters face-to-face.
Heroes of modern surgery: Eakins' Dr. Gross and Dr. Agnew
The gun that "won the West" also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.
Captured here in paint, this grand Californian landscape would soon disappear under water.
The makers of this ostentatious ceramic jug used images from popular satire to poke fun at the Civil War politics.
This eclectic assortment of carved objects speaks to the experience of a formerly-enslaved man in the post-Civil War South.
To bring “polite sociability” to the city, designers blended nature’s greatest hits into one ambitious park.
Johnson’s moving painting of a family fleeing slavery places the courage of African-Americans center stage.
This gigantic canvas is one of the most famous in the history of American art, but it wasn’t made in the USA.