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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.
Burnham and Root, The Monadnock Building
This early skyscraper stretches the limits of how tall a brick building could be
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
Learn the story behind this totem pole that no longer stands
Haida potlatch pole
What is a potlatch? And how is it related to this totem pole?
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
Learn about two types of totem poles from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast that memorialize individuals who have passed
Defeated, heroized, dismantled: Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Monument
Dedicated in 1890; removed in 2021
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
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
A miracle on Bleecker Street, ornament, invention, and one of the great early skyscrapers
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
The critics at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago noted: "American art has made something of itself."
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