videos + essays

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

Going out to the cinema in 1913 New York, John Sloan’s <em>Movies</em>
Going out to the cinema in 1913 New York, John Sloan’s Movies

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

American brilliance at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Libbey’s Punch Bowl
American brilliance at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Libbey’s Punch Bowl

This dazzling, prismatic, brilliant cut glass creates a universe of pattern and reflection.

A beacon of hope, Aaron Douglas’s <em>Aspiration</em>
A beacon of hope, Aaron Douglas’s Aspiration

One of two panels to survive the Texas Centennial, pointing to a future free of racism.

Horace Pippin, <em>Mr. Prejudice</em>
Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice

The ongoing struggle against discrimination in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory for African Americans in both world wars.

Diego Rivera in Depression-era New York
Diego Rivera in Depression-era New York

The brutal history of Mexico told through fresco in Depression era New York.

Cheap thrills: Coney Island during the Great Depression
Cheap thrills: Coney Island during the Great Depression

According to the artist (Reginald Marsh), at Coney Island, “The best show is the people themselves.”

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Think you procrastinate? Wright blew this project off for 9 months, then designed his most famous house in 2 hours.

A palace for shopping, Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building
A palace for shopping, Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building

Sullivan believed that “form must ever follow function” and designed this department store with that adage in mind.

Premonition or memory? George Grosz’s <em>Remembering</em>
Premonition or memory? George Grosz’s Remembering

Nazi violence forced many artists and intellectuals to leave Germany in the 1930s, and like Grosz, many came to the United States.

An artifact of racism: a Connecticut Klan robe
An artifact of racism: a Connecticut Klan robe

Artifacts like this are key for reminding us of a history of racism that is all too easy to forget.

Work, war, and racism: Bearden’s <em>Factory Workers</em>
Work, war, and racism: Bearden’s Factory Workers

During World War II, racism flourished the United States even as the war effort sought to bring people together.

Custer’s Last Stand — from the Lakota perspective
Custer’s Last Stand — from the Lakota perspective

What most American students learn about as Custer's Last Stand was the last great victory for the Lakota people.