Picturing United States History

Teaching visual literacy in U.S. history

Resources for using visual evidence in history classes

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Essays by leading scholars of American visual culture

Harris and Lewis photographers @1915 from Library of Congress

Picturing United States History is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website offers a range of teaching resources that highlight political cartoons, photographs, fine art, and other visual materials. It includes lively online discussions among teachers and scholars about what images mean and how to use them with students; step-by-step interactive lessons for the classroom; book and website reviews; a collection of “favorite images” submitted by leading scholars and teachers; and an annotated guide to the best resources on the web.

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