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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

Nineteenth-Century America in Art and Literature

presents documents paired with 7 paintings, including Mahantango Valley Farm, Jolly Flatboatmen, and White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas. These paintings and writings help students see the impact of geography, technology, economics, and politics as America moved west, shifted from farming to industry, and fought a civil war. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

George Caleb Bingham was a self-trained painter who lived most of his life in Missouri. Working before America's vastness was made accessible by roads and railways, Bingham found his subjects in the boatmen and trappers who populated his state's great rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi.
Unknown artist, 'The Hobby Horse' (about 1840)

The Hobby Horse

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