Seeing America

Migration and settlement

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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.

Painting the Great Migration
Painting the Great Migration

Lawrence carefully documents the migration of African Americans from the agricultural South to the industrial North.

Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in <em>The Steerage</em>
Looking down from the upper deck: immigration and class in The Steerage

Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.

Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York
Seneca Village: the lost history of African Americans in New York

The creation of a beloved landmark destroyed a thriving community of African Americans and Irish immigrants.

The Trail of Tears, Titus Kaphar’s <em>The Cost of Removal</em>
The Trail of Tears, Titus Kaphar’s The Cost of Removal

Kaphar takes a violent history and renders it visible in this modified portrait of Andrew Jackson.

<em>Strange Worlds</em>, immigrant experience in the early 20th century
Strange Worlds, immigrant experience in the early 20th century

Geller captures the tensions of the Jewish immigrant experience in the early 20th-century United States.