From the Gilded Age to World War II
videos + essays
Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
The ongoing struggle against discrimination in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory for African Americans in both world wars.
The brutal history of Mexico told through fresco in Depression era New York.
Think you procrastinate? Wright blew this project off for 9 months, then designed his most famous house in 2 hours.
Sullivan believed that “form must ever follow function” and designed this department store with that adage in mind.
Nazi violence forced many artists and intellectuals to leave Germany in the 1930s, and like Grosz, many came to the United States.
Artifacts like this are key for reminding us of a history of racism that is all too easy to forget.
During World War II, racism flourished the United States even as the war effort sought to bring people together.
What most American students learn about as Custer's Last Stand was the last great victory for the Lakota people.
The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.
Lawrence carefully documents the migration of African Americans from the agricultural South to the industrial North.
Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.
Though often thought of as a simple image of American values, this painting resists easy interpretation.