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.
An[...] interpretation of the sensations produced by the confusion of the streets. —Joseph Stella
When movies were new and lights transformed the darkened city streets.
This dazzling, prismatic, brilliant cut glass creates a universe of pattern and reflection.
One of two panels to survive the Texas Centennial, pointing to a future free of racism.
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.
According to the artist (Reginald Marsh), at Coney Island, “The best show is the people themselves.”
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.