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Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
One of the most famous landscape photographs showing the horrible aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Over the past 250 years, the American colonies have transitioned from being mere holdings of European superpowers, to being perhaps the most preeminent superpower of our own day.
Sail, steam, cotton, and oil — the engines of the American economy.
The Port of Havana, cigar shops, and Cuban independence
The critics at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago noted: "American art has made something of itself."
A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions
Perry's painting of the Battle of Lake Erie celebrates the U.S. victory in the War of 1812, but it doesn't depict the aftermath's devastating effects on Native Americans.
The Levy-Franks were a prosperous Jewish family in early 18th century New York. Their portraits help to reveal a closely-connected British Empire spanning the Atlantic. The Levy-Franks supplied the British during the Seven Years' War, carried goods on Caribbean trade routes, and possibly brought enslaved people to the Americas.
APUSH: KC-2.2.I.A, KC-2.2.I.B
A Jewish family in New York and London during the French Indian Wars
Among the earliest European representations of North America
Beyond the street of New York, Bellows grapples with the horrors of the First World War
Sue Coe's Aids won't wait, the enemy is here not in Kuwait, 1990
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