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1846 :portrait of the nation /Margaret C.S. Christman.

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Portrait of the nation
Christman, Margaret C. S.
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press
In 1846 America, a young, vibrant republic, was expanding in directions unimagined only a few years earlier. The nation plunged into war with Mexico and rushed to settle the West. The country saw the steady rise of cities, the expansion of the railroad, and the emergence of great works of literature and art. On August 10 of that year, in an act that embodied the country's buoyant mood, Congress accepted the bequest of Englishman James Smithson and established an.
ill-fated Donner party. Moving from the Transcendentalists to the Hudson River School, from Gothic Revival architecture to anesthesia and the sewing machine, Christman chronicles as well the antislavery movement and other social-reform campaigns that expanded the nation's conscience and changed its future.
institution dedicated to the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." Marking the Smithsonian Institution's 150th anniversary, 1846 evokes the texture of American daily life, thought, and politics during a single influential year. In a narrative accompanied by nearly two hundred illustrations, Margaret Christman revisits a capital dominated by Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, and James K. Polk and follows the westward journeys of Brigham Young, Francis Parkman, and the.
xx, 211 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm.
"An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution, April 12-August 18, 1996"--T.p. verso.
"In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution."
"Published ... for the National Portrait Gallery."
CPT Copy: Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-206) and index.
Stacks Copy: Complimentary copy, 1996.
1560986743 (alk. paper)
9781560986744 (alk. paper)
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CPT CPT-01-110.491
Stacks E166.C5 1996
Other People and Orgs
Smithsonian Institution
Descriptive terms
Civilization Exhibitions. 1783-1865
History Exhibitions.
United States