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Emancipation, print by Thomas Nast, c.1865
View census data revealing the state-by-state impact of the Civil War and peruse primary documents that show the varied roles...
Robert E. Lee, full-length portrait, lithograph

Robert E. Lee’s military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy during the...

Edwin Booth as Hamlet

Explore Shakespeare’s many ties to America, from The Tempest's possible reference to a storm off the...

Hamlet, 1605 copy

Brush up your Shakespeare with this digital collection of reproductions and transcriptions of pre-1642 quarto editions of...

Shakespeare Uncovered: photo of Jeremy Irons

Uncovering the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Portraits of Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck, leaders of the "Regulators," 1787

How an uprising led by a veteran of the American Revolutionary War led to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and a...

Spatializing Photographs Project: reconstruction of Misrach's Desert Cantos

See a 3D recreation of American landscape photographer Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos series, created using...

Superman, 1941

The evolution and cultural impact of the characters who leapt from the pages of American comic books over the last 75...

Sitting Bull, 1885

Sitting Bull is best known for defeating General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Lifeguard teaching boy to swim,Highland Park swimming pool 1951

Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from 1935 to...

The 1968 Project

Revisit the year of student protests, the Tet Offensive, MLK’s assassination, and Nixon’s election in this...

"The Problem We All Live With," Norman Rockwell, 1963

Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part...