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Over the next two years, Seeing America will grow to include 100 videos, 18 essays, quizzes, discussion questions and lesson plans.
The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.
Lawrence carefully documents the migration of African Americans from the agricultural South to the industrial North.
Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.
Though often thought of as a simple image of American values, this painting resists easy interpretation.
The violence and physicality of this boxing match reflect contemporary racial tensions in pre-WWI New York.
The idea of “progress” was essential to the 1939 World’s Fair, and this glass chair was upending tradition.
Pour a little out for the proletariat: the Robin Hood of earthenware pitchers brought modern design to the people.
The Art Deco style of this skyscraper was urbane and luxurious—a swansong of glamor as the Great Depression hit.
Shahn makes an not-so-subtle comparison between Christ and two Italians executed for a crime they didn’t commit.
This monument to a great leader completes the heroic narrative on the Washington Mall.
Representing women who entered the workforce during WWII, Rosie is strong, determined, and eating a ham sandwich.
A new, modern culture of shopping and ready-made clothes were part of women’s new urban mobility.