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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-244043

Description

xx, 211 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm., 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., 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., 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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

History Exhibitions.
Maatschappij.
Cultuur.
Civilization Exhibitions. 1783-1865

Originator

Christman, Margaret C. S.
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)

Publication

Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press

Description

xx, 211 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm.
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.
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.
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.

Notes

"In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution."
"Published ... for the National Portrait Gallery."
"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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-206) and index.
Stacks Copy: Complimentary copy, 1996.
CPT Copy: Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

ISBN

1560986743 (alk. paper)
9781560986744 (alk. paper)

Call Number

Stacks E166.C5 1996
CPT CPT-01-110.491

Other People and Orgs

Smithsonian Institution

Places

United States

Variant Title

Portrait of the nation