From slavery to civil rights

American art shows us the reality and effects of racism and slavery, and often points the way to social justice.

Teaching guide<br>Thomas Hovenden, <em>The Last Moments of John Brown</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Hovenden, The Last Moments of John Brown

A figure who has polarized political opinion from the Civil War to today

Teaching guide<br>Covered sugar bowl
Teaching guide
Covered sugar bowl

Global trade in a cup of tea: Colonial America, sugar and slavery.

Turning <em>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</em> upside down
Turning Uncle Tom’s Cabin upside down

A Greek myth and the American anti-Slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin are combined to upend our own contemporary myths.

A beacon of hope
A beacon of hope

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

A memorial to Civil Rights martyrs
A memorial to Civil Rights martyrs

An unflinching memorial to civil rights martyrs by the contemporary artist Thorton Dial.

Teaching guide<br>Aaron Douglas, <em>Aspiration</em>
Teaching guide
Aaron Douglas, Aspiration

A hopeful image vying for a future free of racism.

John Brown, Martyr or murderer?
John Brown, Martyr or murderer?

John Brown has polarized political opinion from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.

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

African Americans' ongoing fight against racism in the U.S. undermined the sense of victory in both world wars.

Teaching guide<br>Horace Pippin, <em>Mr. Prejudice</em>
Teaching guide
Horace Pippin, Mr. Prejudice

Pippin, like many other black Americans, fought bravely for democracy in World War I and yet there would be no real victory without winning the struggle for equality in the U.S.

Teaching guide<br>Benny Andrews, <em>Flag Day</em>
Teaching guide
Benny Andrews, Flag Day

Does the figure emerge from the flag, or does it imprison him?

A Muslim among the founding fathers
A Muslim among the founding fathers

How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.

The triangle trade
The triangle trade

Global trade in a cup of tea: Colonial America, sugar and slavery.