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Reading American Art as a Historical Source

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

How can American art be read as a historical text? How can it be used to explore the 2018 National History Day theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History"? This collection examines two works of American art closely, modeling the process of historical inquiry and analysis. It also shares several online resources on reading artwork in a historical context, and suggests additional artworks from SAAM's collection that might support the theme of Conflict and Compromise.

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Keywords: Reconstruction, Civil War, John Rogers, Winslow Homer

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Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pairing Art & Documents

Phoebe Hillemann

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Annie Davis Letter (NARA)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Additional Resources

Phoebe Hillemann

The Civil War and American Art: Teacher's Guide

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Dying Tecumseh

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Speculator

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Artists on WPA

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bar and Grill

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Soldiers Training

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Braceros

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Farm Workers' Altar

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Anti-Vietnam March #1

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Diary: December 12, 1941

Smithsonian American Art Museum

State Names

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Cemetery, Tule Lake

Smithsonian American Art Museum