The departments and agencies of the executive branch are responsible for regulating many of the things we use in our everyday routines. Follow a student through her day to find objects regulated by the government.
The U.S. has a federal system of government where the states and national government exercise separate powers within their own spheres of authority and the lines of power change over time. Explore how the balance of power has shifted over time.
After many of the Civil War battles, photographers took pictures of the mangled bodies waiting to be buried. Does this photograph depict an actual battlefield scene, or did the photographer contrive it? View non-Flash version.
What does this portrait suggest about eighteenth-century attitudes toward the family? See how portraits of the rich and powerful can provide a picture of life in the American colonies. View non-Flash version.
Maps of the routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition have tended to represent the West as empty country for the taking. On this map, made for a biography of Sacagawea, whose journey is represented? View non-Flash version.
See how African Americans faced numerous assaults upon their newly won political rights after the Civil War. What are the references employed by the cartoonist Thomas Nast in his cartoon, This is a White Man's Government? View non-Flash version.
In this cartoon, how does the artist use symbolism and humor to deride Parliament? See how anti-British political cartoons helped shape colonial attitudes towards British actions, like the Stamp Act of 1765. View non-Flash version.