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.
A dream-like flooded landscape—does is suggest bleakness or hope?
Woodruff reimagines racist tropes of Black banjo players with a figure who is confident and joyful
Ben Shahn's painting asks: Who belongs in the art world?
Perhaps the largest relief sculpture in the world, this Confederate memorial is an expression of 20th and 21st century racial politics.
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
How a statue representing well-functioning government ended up in a cemetery
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...
The Port of Havana, cigar shops, and Cuban independence
A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions
The awesome beauty of a large hole in the earth, dug to bring railroads to Manhattan.
Kuniyoshi came to the US as a teen and loved his adopted country, but was considered a possible enemy during WWII.
The awesome steel mills of Pittsburgh in the 1920s made an impression on the young Elsie Driggs.