1877 – 1898

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

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

Haida potlatch pole
Haida potlatch pole

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

A modern gem, the Reliance Building
A modern gem, the Reliance Building

How Chicago architecture sprung up thanks to new technology at the turn of the century

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

Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause
Monument Avenue and the Lost Cause

A conversation that took place on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, just before the last Confederate monument on the boulevard was removed in September 2021

Tlingit sovereignty and the Proud Raven (“Lincoln”) Pole
Tlingit sovereignty and the Proud Raven (“Lincoln”) Pole

A totem pole records Tlingit claims to land in southeastern Alaska by acknowledging the first sighting of a white man, who happens to be based on the likeness of Abraham Lincoln.

Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper
Soaring upward, Louis Sullivan and the invention of the skyscraper

A miracle on Bleecker Street, ornament, invention, and one of the great early skyscrapers

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

The critics at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago noted: "American art has made something of itself."

Teaching guide<br>Thomas Hovenden, <em>The Last Moments of John Brown</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Hovenden, The Last Moments of John Brown

John Brown was a radical abolitionist who believed in using violence to destroy the violent institution of slavery. Thomas Hovenden's painting of a popular story about Brown's last moments, created 25 years after Brown's execution, promoted the righteousness of his cause at a time when state governments were stripping away the political gains made by African Americans during Reconstruction.
APUSH: KC-5.2.I.B, KC-5.3.II.C
TEKS: 113.41.(3)(C)

1877–1898
1877–1898

A period of technological and commercial success, the Gilded Age was also an era of immense social problems.

John Brown, Martyr or murderer?
John Brown, Martyr or murderer?

John Brown has polarized political opinion from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.