videos + essays

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

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, 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."

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