1800 – 1848

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The Missouri Compromise and the dangerous precedent of appeasement: American Art in Context
The Missouri Compromise and the dangerous precedent of appeasement: American Art in Context

Historians celebrated these compromises as valiant efforts to save the union, but recently historians have questioned whether they should instead be seen as appeasements of slaveholders.

The Mexican-American War
The Mexican-American War

There is no memorial to the Mexican-American War in Washington, D.C.—a war in which more than 15,000 American soldiers lost their lives.

Teaching guide<br>Thomas Birch, <em>Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Birch, Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie

Perry's painting of the Battle of Lake Erie celebrates the U.S. victory in the War of 1812, but it doesn't depict the aftermath's devastating effects on Native Americans.
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Clean water for a young Philadelphia
Clean water for a young Philadelphia

Top American bucket list destination in 1821

The battle that turned the War of 1812
The battle that turned the War of 1812

The battle that turned the tide during the War of 1812

1800 – 1848
1800 – 1848

Americans looked to define the nation’s identity, independence, and their ideals in the nineteenth century.

Dreaming big
Dreaming big

Cole, the great American landscape painter, looks across the vast history of Western architecture

<em>The Peaceable Kingdom</em> as Penn’s parable
The Peaceable Kingdom as Penn’s parable

In his Peaceable Kingdom series of over 60 images, Hicks depicts a visionary scene of peace on earth that extends back to include William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania.

A Muslim among the founding fathers
A Muslim among the founding fathers

How a portrait of an African Muslim came to hang side-by-side with the founding fathers in one of America's earliest museums.

Settling the American Eden, <em>The Oxbow</em>
Settling the American Eden, The Oxbow

Not content to merely paint the land, Cole elevated the landscape to approach the status of historical painting.

A lost history of African Americans in NYC
A lost history of African Americans in NYC

The creation of a beloved landmark destroyed a thriving community of African Americans and Irish immigrants.

A nude in Victorian America
A nude in Victorian America

Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.