videos + essays

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

A breath of fresh air: industrialization and New York’s Central Park
A breath of fresh air: industrialization and New York’s Central Park

To bring “polite sociability” to the city, designers blended nature’s greatest hits into one ambitious park.

The Civil War: putting liberty front and center
The Civil War: putting liberty front and center

Johnson’s moving painting of a family fleeing slavery places the courage of African-Americans center stage.

<em>Washington Crossing the Delaware</em>, An American icon made in Germany
Washington Crossing the Delaware, An American icon made in Germany

This gigantic canvas is one of the most famous in the history of American art, but it wasn’t made in the USA.

Representing freedom during the Civil War
Representing freedom during the Civil War

This remarkable work honors those who fought for their own freedom, but acknowledges that the struggle goes on.

The power of the bear and the story an American massacre
The power of the bear and the story an American massacre

Six bears were required to create this necklace, meant imbue the Pawnee chief with protection and power.