videos + essays
Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
One of the most recognized paintings in American history, this painting is an ode to friendship and nature
Edmonia Lewis, an artist of Black and Indigenous heritage, uses a neoclassical style to depict Indigenous subjects from a popular novel around the time of the U.S. Civil War
Sculpted just before the U.S. Civil War, this monument to George Washington recalls an ancient Roman emperor and represents what the North and South could and could not agree on
Summer, autumn, a saw mill all provide metaphors about American republicanism in this pre-Civil War landscape
This vertical landscape of Virginia recalls ancient Roman architecture, tying the American republic to Rome's
Painted during Reconstruction, this sentimental watercolor depicts the hope of transformation and possibility
Learn the story behind this totem pole that no longer stands
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?
What does this marble sculpture of Cleopatra tell us about race and the Civil War in the U.S.?
What is a potlatch? And how is it related to this totem pole?
The body of this box is made of one piece of wood carefully bent into its four sides
Learn about two types of totem poles from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast that memorialize individuals who have passed