About Seeing America

Bringing the long history of the United States to life—using works of art as primary sources.

Teaching Guides

Guides to help your students explore works of art as primary documents (more coming soon).

Jasper Johns, Flag, 1954-55 (dated on reverse 1954), encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels, 42-1/4 x 60-5/8 inches /107.3 x 153.8 cm (The Museum of Modern Art)

Jasper Johns, Flag, 1954-55, encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels, 107.3 x 153.8 cm (The Museum of Modern Art)

Seeing America

Seeing America is a multimedia learning resource that makes key works of art accessible for the U.S. History and Socials Studies student. Seeing America is a free resource with no advertising and explores the long history of the United States, from before European settlers to the modern era.

Where can I access Seeing America?

Smarthistory.org
Khanacademy.org
YouTube (video content only)
Flickr (high-resolution images available for teaching)

How is Seeing America organized?

Seeing America is organized by themes, chronological periods and classroom topics.

Has Seeing America been completed?

Not yet! We are currently in phase three of the project and will be introducing new videos, essays, and teacher resources through the 2019-20 academic year. When complete, this resource will include more than 100 videos as well as essays, quizzes, discussion questions, lesson plans, and links to high-quality related resources.

Who funded Seeing America?

Seeing America has been funded by generous grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Walton Family Foundation.

Special thanks to the Seeing America team: Dr. Sarah Archino, Dr. Kelly Enright, Dr. Naraelle Hohensee, Dr. Virginia Spivey, and Dr. Bryan Zygmont; and our first advisory committee: Sarah Alvarez, Steve DeBoer, Michael Jacobs, Sara Klein, Gideon MacKay, and JJ Rutherford.

Special thanks too, to the Map As History for very generously allowing us to include their maps here.

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.