America in the world

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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.

The American Revolution as a world war: Kenseth Armstead’s <em>Surrender Yorktown 1781</em>
The American Revolution as a world war: Kenseth Armstead’s Surrender Yorktown 1781

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

Unlikely icon: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Unlikely icon: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

A powerful accumulation of names is inscribed on slabs of reflective stone that cuts into the earth on the Mall.

Protesting the Vietnam War, with a giant lipstick
Protesting the Vietnam War, with a giant lipstick

This sculpture, installed on the Yale campus during Vietnam War protests, was never meant to be permanent.

The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty
The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty

Two countries honor their love of democracy with a huge statue of a woman! Neither let women vote, though.

Early colonialism in the Southwest: the mission church at Acoma Pueblo
Early colonialism in the Southwest: the mission church at Acoma Pueblo

This mesa in New Mexico is believed to hold one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US.