American Progress | BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History
If you lived in 1872, would this painting inspire you to pack up and move west? Mary is joined by Jotwan Daniels, 2019 BRI Teacher Council Member and high school teacher in Breckenridge, Colorado, as they explore John Gast's "American Progress" (1872) and America's rapid push westward following the civil war. What does this painting tell you about America's values at the time? Is it really documenting progress for everyone?
Westward Expansion and the Quest to Conserve
By the end of this section, you will compare attitudes toward the use of natural resources from 1890 to 1945.
To What Extent Were Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion Justified?
Two scholars debate this question.
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History Video Playlist
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History is a new YouTube series for students that explores an important historic image every episode to gain insights into the culture, politics, and society of a particular time in U.S. history. Host Mary Patterson will explain how each primary source is its own “window to the past,” revealing new areas for contemplation and discussion.