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The Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington's apotheosis — or elevation to the...
Format: image/painting
Baptism of Pocahontas
Baptism of Pocahontas
John Gadsby Chapman's painting, commissioned in 1837, depicts Pocahontas' baptism in Jamestown, Virginia, around 1613 or 1614. In the painting, Pocahontas (soon to be baptized Rebecca) wears a white dress and kneels before a baptismal font in a church. Anglican...
Format: image/painting
Canova's statue of Washington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.8
In 1815, at a time when the state of North Carolina was unwilling to spend money on roads or schools, the General Assembly spent as much as $60,000 on a statue of George Washington for the State Capitol.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Pauline S. Johnson.
The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence
John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, commissioned in 1817, depicts the presentation of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in 1776. The "Committee of Five" presenting the Declaration...
Format: image/painting
Discovery of the Mississippi
Discovery of the Mississippi
William H. Powell's painting, Discovery of the Mississippi, depicts Hernando de Soto's encounter with the Mississippi River in 1541. De Soto was the first European to view the river. In the painting, de Soto appears in armor on a white horse,...
Format: image/painting
Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Robert W. Weir's painting, Embarkation of the Pilgrims, was commissioned in 1837. The painting depicts a group of Protestant pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell before their 1620 voyage from...
Format: image/painting
General George Washington Resigning His Commission
General George Washington Resigning His Commission
John Trumbull's painting General George Washington Resigning His Commission was commissioned in 1817 and purchased for display in the Capitol Rotunda in 1824. The painting depicts Washington submitting his resignation as Army...
Format: image/painting
Indian lacrosse game
Indian lacrosse game
George Catlin's 1846–1850 painting, An Indian Ball-Play, depicts Plains Indians playing lacrosse. In the painting, hundreds of men are on the field holding sticks. Several teepees are in the background.
Format: image/painting
Landing of Columbus
Landing of Columbus
John Vanderlyn's painting, Landing of Columbus, commissioned in 1836/1837, depicts Christopher Columbus' landing in the West Indies in 1492. Columbus holds the royal banner of Spain, laying claim to the land. He holds a sword...
Format: image/painting
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Remembering the Revolution
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.3
An analysis of the painting The Apotheosis of Washington in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, and a discussion of how it reflected the values of Americans on the eve of the Civil War.
Format: article
Surrender of General Burgoyne
Surrender of General Burgoyne
John Trumbull's painting Surrender of General Burgoyne was commissioned in 1817. The painting depicts the surrender of British General Burgoyne to the Continental Army at Saratoga, New York, in 1777 — a turning point in...
Format: image/painting
Surrender of Lord Cornwallis
Surrender of Lord Cornwallis
John Trumbull's painting Surrender of Lord Cornwallis was commissioned in 1817. The painting depicts the surrender of the British at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781 — an event that ended the Revolutionary War. American General...
Format: image/painting
Telegraph [painting]
Telegraph [painting]
This circa 1862 painting by Constantino Brumidi, entitled Telegraph, symbolically commemorates the laying of the first successful transatlantic cable -- one of the greatest communication advances in history.
Format: image/painting
Vietnamese water puppet show- female solo
Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique folk art that originated a thousand years ago during the Ly dynasty. Villagers in the Red River delta and other rice-growing regions in Northern Vietnam staged water puppet performances to celebrate the end of the rice...
Format: audio
Vietnamese water puppet show: Finale
Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique folk art that originated a thousand years ago during the Ly dynasty. Villagers in the Red River delta and other rice-growing regions in Northern Vietnam staged water puppet performances to celebrate the end of the rice...
Format: audio
Vietnamese water puppet show: Fireworks and chorus
Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique folk art that originated a thousand years ago during the Ly dynasty. Villagers in the Red River delta and other rice-growing regions in Northern Vietnam staged water puppet performances to celebrate the end of the rice...
Format: audio
Vietnamese water puppet show: History
Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique folk art that originated a thousand years ago during the Ly dynasty. Villagers in the Red River delta and other rice-growing regions in Northern Vietnam staged water puppet performances to celebrate the end of the rice...
Format: audio