Work, exchange, and technology

Check back - we're adding new content all the time.

videos + essays

Over the next two years, this resource will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.

Guide for teaching: Norman Rockwell, <em>Rosie the Riveter</em>
Guide for teaching: Norman Rockwell, Rosie the Riveter

Rockwell's Rosie captured the power felt by the unprecedented number of women in the workforce during World War II.

Heroes of modern surgery: Eakins’ Dr. Gross and Dr. Agnew
Heroes of modern surgery: Eakins’ Dr. Gross and Dr. Agnew

Heroes of modern surgery: Eakins' Dr. Gross and Dr. Agnew

A mine disaster and those left behind: Ben Shahn’s Miner’s Wives
A mine disaster and those left behind: Ben Shahn’s Miner’s Wives

An explosion in a mine kills 111, Shahn captures the devastation of those left behind.

The triangle trade and the colonial table, sugar, tea, and slavery
The triangle trade and the colonial table, sugar, tea, and slavery

Global trade in a cup of tea: Colonial America, sugar and slavery.

Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol
Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol

The gun that "won the West" also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.

Cleaning the museum—maintenance art
Cleaning the museum—maintenance art

The artist asks us if maintaining can be as important as creating.

A palace for shopping, Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building
A palace for shopping, Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building

Sullivan believed that “form must ever follow function” and designed this department store with that adage in mind.

Work, war, and racism: Bearden’s <em>Factory Workers</em>
Work, war, and racism: Bearden’s Factory Workers

During World War II, racism flourished the United States even as the war effort sought to bring people together.

Carving out a life after slavery
Carving out a life after slavery

This eclectic assortment of carved objects speaks to the experience of a formerly-enslaved man in the post-Civil War South.

“That’s the deal you gave us,” trade myths and native land
“That’s the deal you gave us,” trade myths and native land

Smith created this in 1992, responding to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in North America.

Television nation—Nam June Paik’s <em>Electronic Superhighway</em>
Television nation—Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway

The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.

A Landmark Decision: Penn Station and architectural heritage
A Landmark Decision: Penn Station and architectural heritage

New York put growth ahead of all else, resulting in the loss of important historic buildings, like Penn Station.