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1846 : portrait of the nation

Author: Margaret C S Christman; National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
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Christman, Margaret C.S.
1846.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605362605
Online version:
Christman, Margaret C.S.
1846.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605589475
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret C S Christman; National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
ISBN: 1560986743 9781560986744
OCLC Number: 33948340
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"--Title page verso.
Description: xx, 211 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 cm
Other Titles: Portrait of the nation
Responsibility: Margaret C.S. Christman.

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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.

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