Led by Dr. Richard Kurin, Under-Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute, this Great Courses lecture series provides an audio-visual history of America based on artifacts from the Smithsonian collection. By using an object as the starting point for each segment, Kurin takes a unique and compelling approach to American history, life, and culture from pre-European contact to the digital age. Artifacts such as the Star Spangled Banner, slave shackles, the gold flake that started the California gold rush, Samuel Morse's telegraph, and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are discussed within their broader historical context to explain important moments and movements in American history.
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