Seeing America

1877 – 1898

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videos + essays

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

The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty
The light of democracy — examining the Statue of Liberty

Two countries honor their love of democracy with a huge statue of a woman! Neither let women vote, though.

“Leave it as it is”: Yellowstone and the creation of the National Parks
“Leave it as it is”: Yellowstone and the creation of the National Parks

In order to capture the beauty of America’s national parks, Brown faced the prejudices of the lawless West.

Henry Ossawa Tanner: the first African-American celebrity artist
Henry Ossawa Tanner: the first African-American celebrity artist

Tanner studied in Philadelphia and Paris, and his style combined elements of American Realism and the Old Masters.

Slums of New York: Jacob Riis and the Progressive era
Slums of New York: Jacob Riis and the Progressive era

Riis snapped photos of the urban poor during midnight police raids—but only because he cared.

Soaring above politics: the Washington Monument
Soaring above politics: the Washington Monument

Unlike the other monuments on the Mall, this monument tells us virtually nothing about the man it commemorates.

The closing of the frontier and <em>The Fall of the Cowboy</em>
The closing of the frontier and The Fall of the Cowboy

Remington mourns the decline of the cowboy by depicting the very thing that destroyed his iconic lifestyle.