videos + essays

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

Diego Rivera, <em>Man Controller of the Universe</em>
Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe

What will technology bring us? A more egalitarian society, a world where everyone can be educated? Or will it bring greater inequality? We still debate these issues...

Cuban cigars, Cuban independence
Cuban cigars, Cuban independence

The Port of Havana, cigar shops, and Cuban independence

The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi
The pueblo modernism of Ma Pe Wi

A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions

Before Penn Station, Bellows & old NYC
Before Penn Station, Bellows & old NYC

The awesome beauty of a large hole in the earth, dug to bring railroads to Manhattan.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, <em>Little Joe with Cow</em>
Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Little Joe with Cow

Kuniyoshi came to the US as a teen and loved his adopted country, but was considered a possible enemy during WWII.

Elsie Driggs, <em>Blast Furnaces</em>
Elsie Driggs, Blast Furnaces

The awesome steel mills of Pittsburgh in the 1920s made an impression on the young Elsie Driggs.

Beyond New York, Bellows & World War I
Beyond New York, Bellows & World War I

Beyond the street of New York, Bellows grapples with the horrors of the First World War

The first modern photograph?
The first modern photograph?

Was this the first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage

<em>Migrant Mother</em>, behind the Icon
Migrant Mother, behind the Icon

Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.

Resilience during the Great Depression
Resilience during the Great Depression

Cats, gossip, and laundry — a view of Los Angeles during the Great Depression.

Celebrating the modern city
Celebrating the modern city

The sensations of the streets of New York City

Going to the movies in 1913
Going to the movies in 1913

When movies were new and lights transformed the darkened city streets.