Migration and settlement

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Settling the American Eden, <em>The Oxbow</em>
Settling the American Eden, The Oxbow

Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.

Painting the Great Migration
Painting the Great Migration

Lawrence carefully documents the migration of African Americans from the agricultural South to the industrial North.

Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in <em>The Steerage</em>
Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in The Steerage

Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.

Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York
Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York

The creation of a beloved landmark destroyed a thriving community of African Americans and Irish immigrants.