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Art & Design

  • Built on ideals of freedom and equality, America has been shaped since its origins by its global interdependence through trade, war, and migration. The works of art and design included in this lesson offer opportunities to investigate changing notions of American identity from the colonial period to the present as the country experienced tremendous transformation and expansion.

    Students are encouraged to act as historians by investigating the works individually to learn about daily life in America, or as a set to connect the past with the present and make hypotheses about how political, social, religious, and economic changes have shaped the way Americans think, act and create.

  • Life in the Colonies; Federal Indian Policy; Industrializing America; Urbanization; Immigration; Political Democracy and Social Reform; Manifest Destiny; Progressivism; the 1920s (the Jazz Age)

Objects from Exploring America

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