Seeing America was created by Smarthistory with 16 leading museums and examines the long history of the United States, from before European settlers to the modern era.
De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.
When movies were new and lights transformed the darkened city streets.
A Greek myth and the American anti-Slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin combine to upend our own contemporary myths
Cole, the great American landscape painter, looks across the vast history of Western architecture
Buttons, flags, and booze — Ben conjures up a specific time and place.
Museum visitors often mistake this sculpture for a real person
This dazzling, prismatic, brilliant cut glass creates a universe of pattern and reflection.
At this party, everyone has the same face and seems profoundly alone.
The dubious justice of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party
From the Manhattan Project to nursery rhymes, a collision of art and science.
Living in peace—predator and prey, and Native Americans and settler colonists—but for how long?
How have ideas, beliefs, and art shaped the United States?