Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is a digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The Picturing U.S. History site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.

New on the Forum

Images of Slavery as Visual Evidence 1

This topic presents some intense pedagogical challenges. The subject matter is difficult and painful, if treated honestly. The imagery, when not downright misleading, rarely if ever offers straightforward evidence about the institution of slavery or its lived realities. Consider the often illustrated example of the Zealy daguerreotypes, photographs of partially nude South Carolina plantation slaves […]