America in the world

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videos + essays

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

Cotton, oil, and the economics of history
Cotton, oil, and the economics of history

Sail, steam, cotton, and oil — the engines of the American economy.

Cuban cigars, Cuban independence
Cuban cigars, Cuban independence

The Port of Havana, cigar shops, and Cuban independence

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

The critics at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago noted: "American art has made something of itself."

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

A modernism emerges from tourism, boarding schools & indigenous traditions

A Jewish Family in Early New York
A Jewish Family in Early New York

A Jewish family in New York and London during the French Indian Wars

Europe’s earliest views of America
Europe’s earliest views of America

Among the earliest European representations of North America

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

An artist asks: war or healthcare?
An artist asks: war or healthcare?

Sue Coe's Aids won't wait, the enemy is here not in Kuwait, 1990

The battle that turned the War of 1812
The battle that turned the War of 1812

The battle that turned the tide during the War of 1812

A desert on fire, Salgado in Kuwait
A desert on fire, Salgado in Kuwait

Finding heroism amidst one of the world's great environmental disasters.

Superman, WWII, Japanese Americans
Superman, WWII, Japanese Americans

Superman makes an appearance in what looks (at first sight) like a Japanese print.

Correcting the lies of history
Correcting the lies of history

How can we begin to correct the lies of history? Artist Kenseth Armstead suggests a poetic solution.

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