Seeing America was created by Smarthistory with 17 leading museum collections and examines the long history of the United States, from before European settlers to the modern era.
A horrifying painting of racial violence that can help us see where we are and where we need to be in terms of tolerance and empathy
How a statue representing well-functioning government ended up in a cemetery
One of the most famous landscape photographs showing the horrible aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Know-Nothings: a short-lived party with long-term influence.
A miracle on Bleecker Street, ornament, invention, and one of the great early skyscrapers
Historians celebrated these compromises as valiant efforts to save the union, but recently historians have questioned whether they should instead be seen as appeasements of slaveholders.
Martyr. Murderer. Prophet. Madman. All of these words have been used to describe John Brown, the fiery abolitionist.
There is no memorial to the Mexican-American War in Washington, D.C.—a war in which more than 15,000 American soldiers lost their lives.
Does abstract art mean something? How can a viewer approach such a work of art?
This jug is one of the earliest known alkaline-glazed stoneware face vessels made by enslaved people or their descendants in the Edgefield District of South Carolina.
A Hudson River School artist looks north
The Wyeths have a long history of painting the American story