Seeing America — all works

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.

Winslow Homer, <em>Taking Sunflower to Teacher</em>
Winslow Homer, Taking Sunflower to Teacher

Painted during Reconstruction, this sentimental watercolor depicts the hope of transformation and possibility

The story of the Oyster Man, a Tlingit totem pole
The story of the Oyster Man, a Tlingit totem pole

Learn the story behind this totem pole that no longer stands

Mies in Manhattan, mid-fifties modern: The Seagram Building
Mies in Manhattan, mid-fifties modern: The Seagram Building

An International Style gem on Park Avenue

Romare Bearden, <em>Three Folk Musicians</em>
Romare Bearden, Three Folk Musicians

Bearden thought about painting like music.

Introduction to the U.S. Civil War in Art
Introduction to the U.S. Civil War in Art

Preface to a collection of essays and videos about what we can and can't learn about the Civil War from art

“The Immediate Cause of the Civil War,” an introduction
“The Immediate Cause of the Civil War,” an introduction

Historians today widely agree that slavery was the single most important cause of the Civil War.

Memory and commemoration of the U.S. Civil War, an introduction
Memory and commemoration of the U.S. Civil War, an introduction

What happened after the Civil War and what influences how we remember it today?

Experiences of the U.S. Civil War, an introduction
Experiences of the U.S. Civil War, an introduction

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

Michelle Browder, <i>Mothers of Gynecology</i>
Michelle Browder, Mothers of Gynecology

This memorial honors three women who were victims of medical experimentation by the "father of gynecology"

Winslow Homer, <i>Army Teamsters</i>
Winslow Homer, Army Teamsters

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?

Literacy and slavery: David Drake, <em>Double-handled jug</em>
Literacy and slavery: David Drake, Double-handled jug

Enslaved artist David Drake inscribed a poem onto this jug at a time when literacy among enslaved people was outlawed

Refugees, prisoners, and displacement
Refugees, prisoners, and displacement

During the U.S. Civil War people moved across and outside the battlefield and home front, either by choice or by force

Explore the diverse history of the United States through its art. Seeing America is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.