The expansion of the United States and the displacement of Native Americans were bound up in the idea of Manifest Destiny.
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.
Thomas Moran's painting of Yellowstone exemplifies the complex factors that characterized U.S. westward expansion and economic development after the Civil War. Railroads, government policies, and violence against Native American communities were all intertwined with the creation of the first national park.
APUSH: KC-6.2.II.A, KC-6.2.II.D
Painting, photography, and the railroad come together to preserve a topography unique in the world
Pioneers and frontiersmen, creating an American mythology amidst the Civil War
Business or pleasure? Watkins could photograph both beautifully.
This dazzling, prismatic, brilliant cut glass creates a universe of pattern and reflection.
Kaphar’s painting uses defacement as a way of critiquing Andrew Jackson and his role in the Trail of Tears. It makes us consider the role of presidential power, both past and present.
APUSH: KC-4.3.I.B, KC-9.2.II.C
Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.
What most American students learn about as Custer's Last Stand was the last great victory for the Lakota people.
This dignified portrait of a Native leader belies the cruel treatment he endured at the time of its painting.
Kaphar takes a violent history and renders it visible in this modified portrait of Andrew Jackson.
Remington mourns the decline of the cowboy by depicting the very thing that destroyed his iconic lifestyle.