LVA documents chosen by students
Links were added after my students had handed back their work :
ere then asked to add essential elements for the oral exam.
WESTWARD THE COURSE....
I would say that ......................... and ...................................pervade this scene.
One object provides a dividing line, which one?
the white man and the "Indian" are on ....................... side of the tent
Label: Frances (Fanny) Palmer immigrated to the United States from England in 1844, shortly before journalist John O'Sullivan coined the term "Manifest Destiny" and the gold rush drew nearly 300,000 settlers to California. By the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, she had become one of America's most prolific and versatile printmakers, her name appearing alongside that of Currier & Ives. Signed "F. F. Palmer," Across the Continent is her best-known work, demonstrating her artistic skill and sensitivity to the politics of her adopted country. A locomotive follows the mountain peaks West as it divides log cabins from unsettled wilderness. In the lower left, construction continues on a flourishing, well-populated town, promising renewal to a nation recovering from war. In the lower right, American Indians sit on horseback in the train's fading smoke, hinting at the old ways of life that are destroyed to make way for the new.In 1853 Congress authorized Secretary of War Jefferson Davis—who later served as President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865—to organize fourexpeditions to locate a route for a transcontinental railroad. TheTranscontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, linking the Union Pacific and the Central Pacificrailroads. In this lithograph by Frances F. Palmer, one of the few female artists in this exhibition, we see an invented location somewhere along the transcontinentalroute. Although fictional, the scene represents the many towns that cropped up as the train line extended westward.Across the Continent: “Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way,”1868, Frances F. Palmer, artist and lithographer, American, born England, 1812-1876, James Merritt Ives, American, 1824-1895, published by Currier & Ives, active 1857-1907
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