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 New York Obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle
The New York Obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle

Why is this ancient Egyptian obelisk in New York City?

Francisco Oller, <em> Still Life with Plantains and Bananas</em> and <em>Still Life with Coconuts</em>
Francisco Oller, Still Life with Plantains and Bananas and Still Life with Coconuts

Oller inspires a sense of monumentality in his paintings of common fruits from Puerto Rico.

Burnham and Root, The Monadnock Building
Burnham and Root, The Monadnock Building

This early skyscraper stretches the limits of how tall a brick building could be

Paukeigope (Kiowa), Cradleboard
Paukeigope (Kiowa), Cradleboard

Meant to carry a baby and created by a community of women, this cradleboard is an expression of love

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