Seeing America was created by Smarthistory with 22 leading museum collections and examines the long history of the United States, from before European settlers to the modern era.
Painted during Reconstruction, this sentimental watercolor depicts the hope of transformation and possibility
Learn the story behind this totem pole that no longer stands
An International Style gem on Park Avenue
Bearden thought about painting like music.
Preface to a collection of essays and videos about what we can and can't learn about the Civil War from art
Historians today widely agree that slavery was the single most important cause of the Civil War.
What happened after the Civil War and what influences how we remember it today?
The Civil War occurred over a vast country and involved a diverse population—there were as many experiences as there were people who lived through it
This memorial honors three women who were victims of medical experimentation by the "father of gynecology"
Is this painting of five men, possibly formerly enslaved, working for the Union Army during the Civil War a product of racist stereotypes, or does it humanize its subjects?
Enslaved artist David Drake inscribed a poem onto this jug at a time when literacy among enslaved people was outlawed
During the U.S. Civil War people moved across and outside the battlefield and home front, either by choice or by force